Police questioning suspect in Gambino crime boss death

17 March, 2019, 04:39 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Mob Boss Gunned Down Outside Staten Island Home

Comello was allegedly upset by Cali's family standing in the way of that.

Wednesday's slaying of Cali sent shock waves through the neighborhood, which is considered one of the most exclusive areas of Staten Island.

United States media reported that Cali's killing marked the first murder of a NY mob chieftain in 34 years since the death of Paul Castellano - another Gambino family boss - by order of John Gotti, who was known as Teflon Don.

This past week, a noted mobster believed to be acting boss of the Gambino Crime Family was found dead outside his private residence.

The 53-year-old was shot six times in the chest before being run over by a blue pickup truck, according to police.

The suspect "is now being held in jail in New Jersey pending court appearances, where we anticipate we will have him returned to Staten Island to face murder charges for the death of Francesco Cali, which occurred on this past Wednesday evening", Shea said. The New York Post reported the killing was related to a personal dispute - not activity related to organized crime - and the unnamed suspect had family in Brick.

"The investigation is still very, very young", the official said.


Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested Saturday in the death of Francesco Cali on Wednesday in front of his Staten Island home, said Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.

When asked about the suspect'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.

Multiple press accounts since 2015 said Cali had ascended to the top spot in the gang, although he never faced a criminal charge saying so.

As news of the arrest emerged on social media, the daughter of late Gambino godfather, John Gotti, tweeted "I can't wait to see ALL the apologies to my uncle".

The suspect's fingerprint reportedly was lifted from Cali's vehicle.

After Gotti died in prison in 2002 the mob's influence on the U.S. eastern seaboard waned, but Cali's murder put it back in the headlines.

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