Suspect arrested in murder of reputed Gambino crime family boss

Leroy Wright
March 17, 2019

The purported head of the Gambino crime family, also known as "Franky Boy", was shot repeatedly outside his home in the NY borough of Staten Island late Wednesday.

"The investigation is still in progress and an arrest has not yet been made", said Dermot Shea, NYPD chief of detectives, who will be hosting a press conference at One Police Plaza Press Room to discuss this case.

United States police on Saturday arrested a man whom they expect to charge with the murder of reputed NY mafia boss Francesco "Frank" Cali.

The NYPD has "an arrest warrant in hand from the Richmond County DA's office", Shea said during the news conference, adding that the suspect's arrest will happen upon coordination with prosecutors in New Jersey.

Anthony Comello, suspect in fatal shooting of Gambino crime boss Frank Cali. Comello's truck was issued a parking summons in Staten Island on the day of Cali's murder, Shea said.

A panicked family member called 911, telling a dispatcher Cali was run over before he was shot, though investigators were still looking into whether the gunman mowed the mobster down, sources said.

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Police are still investigating the motive behind Cali's murder, he said, including whether it might have been a domestic altercation or a mob-related killing. No other details about the arrest were immediately available Saturday afternoon.

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.

He had been considered a unifying figure in the years after then-Gambino boss John Gotti, "Dapper Don", was convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992 and sent to prison for life, CNN affiliate WPIX reported.

Cali was sentenced to 16 months in prison and was released in 2009.

The last crime family boss to be shot in New York City was Paul Castellano.

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