Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Police in Brick arrest accused killer of reputed mob boss

Police in Brick arrest accused killer of reputed mob boss

It's "quite possible" that the incident was staged to draw Cali outside and into a confrontation with the suspected shooter, Shea said.

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.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea announced Comello's arrest, but said such issues as motive and possible accomplices were still under investigation.

"There are multiple, multiple angles that we are exploring", he said at a news conference at police headquarters.

While Shea said investigators have not ruled anything out, even probing whether Comello was hired to kill Cali, several sources said this didn't seem to be a traditional organized crime hit, believing it was something more personal.

Police took 24-year-old Anthony Comello into custody in connection to the murder of 53-year-old Frank Cali.

When asked about Cali's reputation as a crime boss, Shea said, "We are well aware of Mr. Cali's past". "That'll be done in the days to come and then we'll work on extradition".

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Shea said fingerprints were found on Cali's vehicle, which he said will be compared with Comello's at some point.

"On the victim's auto that was present at the murder scene that night, we believe we have fingerprints recovered from that vehicle, as well as other places", Shea said.

The Staten Island Advance reported Comello resided on a quiet Eltingville street in Staten Island. Cali was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. "I only spoke with him in passing when we stopped to say hello", Victor Ujeck, a neighbor of Comello, told Staten Island Advance.

"The investigation is still very, very young", the official said. Police said they have not recovered a weapon.

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

Cali was released after 16 months in federal prison in April 2009 for an extortion scheme.

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