A 24-year-old construction worker into custody for the killing of Gambino crime family boss Francesco 'Franky Boy' Cali.
Anthony Comello, a 24-year-old non-mobster who lives with his parents and works odd construction jobs, was in custody in a New Jersey jail and expected to face murder charges in connection to the killing of Cali, 53, police said Saturday.
Comello, originally from Staten Island, is believed to have no ties to the mob himself - with initial reports indicating cops think the murder was the work of a lovesick madman.
His dispute with Cali may have stemmed from the mob boss's refusal to let Comello date his niece, who was inside the home when Cali was gunned down outside, a police source told the Daily Beast.
NBC New York reported that authorities are exploring a theory that the suspect “wanted to date one of the mob boss’s relatives and Cali told him to back off.” Daily Beast also reported that the murder “could have been the result of a personal spat involving a woman.” The New York Times reported that investigators were looking into whether the shooter had been instructed not to date Cali’s daughter, but stressed the investigation was in the early stages when it comes to definitively ruling out a mob tie.
Anthony Comello was described as a 24-year-old Staten Island resident.
Crime scene investigators discovered a stash of weapons while searching Comello’s Staten Island home on Saturday, sources told WCBS-TV.
Comello’s Facebook page says he attended Tottenville High School in Staten Island.
He is listed as single on his account bio.