Man with no mob ties ac­cused of killing Cali

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

NEW YORK – When a hooded gun­man pumped close to a dozen bul­lets into Frank Cali, a re­puted leader of the Gam­bino crime fam­ily, out­side his Staten Is­land home Wed­nes­day night, de­tec­tives nat­u­rally ex­am­ined the pos­si­bil­ity that the killing may have stemmed from his role atop one of New York’s five Mafia fam­i­lies.

But after the ar­rest Satur­day of a 24-year-old man who lives with his par­ents, it ap­pears Cali may have been the vic­tim of an an­gry young man with a gun and a grudge, but no mob ties.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said they are look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity that the ac­cused killer, An­thony A. Comello, 24, had a ro­man­tic in­ter­est in one of Cali’s fe­male relatives, and that the crime boss had told him to stay away.

Comello was ar­rested at a home owned by his fam­ily in Brick, N.J., and is ex­pected to be re­turned to Staten Is­land this week, where prose­cu­tors have pre­pared mur­der charges, court records show.

De­tec­tives have a record­ing of the killing from a se­cu­rity cam­era out­side Cali’s home, and Comello’s finger­prints matched those that were lifted from a li­cense plate the gun­man picked up, po­lice said.

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