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18 April 2024

US police expect to charge suspect in killing of New York mob boss

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US police on Saturday arrested a man whom they expect to charge with the murder of reputed New York mafia boss Francesco "Frank" Cali.

The purported head of the Gambino crime family, also known as "Franky Boy," was shot six times, then hit by a blue truck outside his brick home in the New York borough of Staten Island late Wednesday.

Anthony Comello, 24, was taken into custody in New Jersey, apparently without incident, and had not yet been returned to New York, a New York Police Department official told AFP, on the condition of anonymity.

Upon the suspect's handing over to New York, "we are very confident that he will be charged with the murder of Mr Cali," the official said.

US media reported that Cali's killing marked the first murder of a New York mob boss in 34 years since the death of Paul Castellano -- another Gambino family boss - by order of John Gotti, who was known as Teflon Don.