Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Suspect arrested in murder of reputed mob boss

Suspect arrested in murder of reputed mob boss

The suspect was arrested by the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshal's Service, a New York source said.

Police apprehended Anthony Comello in New Jersey on Saturday and expect to charge him with murdering Cali, the New York Police Department's Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told a news conference.

"We do not believe this was a random act".

Shea didn't give details about how Comello became a suspect.

"I don't anticipate that will be done today", Shea said.

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.

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

At this point, the motive is still to be determined.

Comello's fingerprints were found on Cali's license plate, sources said.

When Cali tried to take cover behind his auto, the pickup truck drove into it and "rocked" it significantly, Shea said. He was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was pronounced dead.

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

Police were searching for the pickup truck that raced from the grisly scene, sources said.

His only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago, when Cali pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island.

Angel Gotti was referring to early speculation that her uncle Gene Gotti, just released from prison previous year, was somehow behind the hit, in some kind of power struggle.

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

Gotti, who was convicted of murder and racketeering in 1992, died of cancer in prison nine years later at the age of 61.

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