Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Suspect arrested in murder of reputed mob boss

Suspect arrested in murder of reputed mob boss

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 NYPD on Saturday announced that a suspect had been taken into custody and is expected to be hit with murder charges in the slaying of Francesco Cali, the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family.

"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.

When asked about Cali's reputation as a crime boss, Shea said, "We are well aware of Mr. Cali's past". "Was the person paid to do it?"

Surveillance footage showed Cali's shooter handing the 53-year-old crime boss the damaged license plate from his SUV and then firing on Cali.

He was found dead Wednesday night after being shot 10 times in the torso outside his Staten Island residence, the NYPD said.

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The 53-year-old Cali, who was shot to death on Wednesday outside his Staten Island home, was allegedly the head of the Gambino family, one of the five Italian-American Mafia families that have historically dominated organized crime in NY and New Jersey.

The truck involved in the encounter has since been recovered, though the murder weapon has not, according to the police official. Information on an attorney for Comello wasn't immediately available.

Shea said the motive for the killing is unknown.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organization, related through marriage to the Inzerillo clan in the Sicilian Mafia. News accounts since 2015 said he had ascended to the top spot.

The killing marked the first murder of a sitting mob boss in NY since the December 1985 hit on Gambino boss Paul "Big Paul" Castellano, who lived in the same neighborhood where Cali was shot.

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