On Saturday, the NYPD released an announcement that they had taken a suspect into custody, and is expecting to file murder charges, for the slaying of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, Francesco Cali.
Chief Detective Dermot Shea stated Saturday at a news conference that the individual arrested and awaiting charges was reported to be 24-year-old Anthony Comello. Shea went on to say that the suspect “is currently 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 was quick to state the investigation itself is still in the early stages, and that several unanswered questions remain—such as what the motive of the slaying actually was. The 53-year-old Cali as shot and killed outside his New York home on Wednesday night. Upon examining surveillance video of the crime scene, Cali was seen to exit his home on Staten Island at around 9:15 pm. It appeared that Cali’s parked Cadillac SUV had been backed into by a man at that time.
What investigators are not sure of is if the entire incident was merely an accident, or actually a setup, as Cali was stated to have been shot several times. According to police officials, the truck involved in the incident has been recovered. However, there has been no sign of the murder weapon. Shea stated that the NYPD had "an arrest warrant in hand from the Richmond County DA's office." He went on to add that the arrest of the suspect will occur in coordination with the New Jersey prosecutors.
Shea emphasized that he didn't expect the warrant to be issued today, but would follow in days to come. Once the warrant was served, they would then begin to work on extradition. As for any previous arrest record of the suspect, according to Shea the individual had limited circumstances where he had previously crossed paths with the NYPD. One such incidence was the writing of a parking ticket on the day that Cali was killed, which occurred on Staten Island.
As for Cali, it is being reported by police officials that the crime boss didn’t go down without a fight. Evidence shows that Cali dodged the bullets that rained down upon him, by hiding under is Cadillac SUV.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Did the suspect know who Cali was, resulting in a set-up for murder?