Mob boss murder investigation still in progress; no arrest yet

Clay Curtis
March 17, 2019

This past week, a noted mobster believed to be acting boss of the Gambino Crime Family was found dead outside his private residence.

Cali didn't think Comello was worthy of associating with a woman in his family, the sources added.

Comello was being held Saturday at the Ocean County Jail in New Jersey, after being picked up in the early hours of Saturday by federal marshals at a house in Brick.

But sources said Cali - who helmed a family notorious for gambling, loan sharking, and its deadly trade in heroin and oxycodone - thought Comello was trouble, sources said.

"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.

Comello, of Woods of Arden in Staten Island, is accused of pumping ten bullets into Cali Wednesday night, after allegedly smashing into Cali's Cadillac SUV with a blue pickup truck and exchanging tense words with the alleged godfather outside Cali's stately Todt Hill home. He is listed as single and a high school graduate.

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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.

Asked about Comello's arrest record, Shea said he "crossed paths in some limited circumstances with the NYPD" including getting a parking ticket on Staten Island the day Cali was killed.

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.

As news of the arrest emerged on social media, the daughter of late Gambino godfather, John Gotti, tweeted "I can't wait to see ALL the apologies to my uncle".

But they now believe a personal dispute was to blame - over a woman in Cali's family, according to multiple law enforcement sources. He had ALL screws lost!

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