Sus­pect ar­rested in re­puted mob boss’s homi­cide

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A 24-year-old man was ar­rested Satur­day in the shoot­ing death of the re­puted boss of the Gam­bino crime fam­ily, New York City po­lice said.

An­thony Comello was ar­rested in New Jer­sey in the death of Francesco Cali on Wed­nes­day in front of his Staten Is­land home, said Chief of De­tec­tives Der­mot Shea, who stressed that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is in its early stages.

“There are mul­ti­ple, mul­ti­ple an­gles that we are ex­plor­ing,” Shea said at a news con­fer­ence at po­lice head­quar­ters. “Was the per­son paid to do it? Were oth­ers con­spir­ing to do this crime?”

The 53-year-old Cali, a na­tive of Si­cily, was shot to death by a gun­man who may have crashed his truck into Cali’s car to lure him out­side. Shea said Cali was shot 10 times.

Shea said po­lice have re­cov­ered the truck but have not re­cov­ered the gun used in the mur­der.

Asked about Comello’s ar­rest record, Shea said he “crossed paths in some lim­ited cir­cum­stances with the NYPD” in­clud­ing get­ting a park­ing ticket on Staten Is­land the day Cali was killed.

Comello will be ex­tra­dited from New Jer­sey to New York to face charges, Shea said. In­for­ma­tion on an at­tor­ney for Comello wasn’t im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors re­ferred to Cali in court fil­ings in re­cent years as the un­der­boss of the Mafia’s Gam­bino fam­ily, once one of the most pow­er­ful crime or­ga­ni­za­tions in the coun­try. News ac­counts since 2015 said he had as­cended to the top spot.

Po­lice say they are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether Cali’s mur­der was a mob hit or whether he was killed for some other mo­tive.

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