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Anthony Comello, is accused of the killing of alleged mafia boss Francesco Franky Boy Cali; Bryan Llenas reports from New York.
The 24-year-old accused of killing Gambino family mafia boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali appeared in a New York court Monday after extradited from New Jersey.
Anthony Comello, who allegedly shot Cali, 53, in front of Cali’s Staten Island home on March 13, appeared in Staten Island criminal court and not a means. The construction worker turned suspected killer was booked on murder, assault and weapons possession charges at around 4 pm, the New York Police Department said.
Comello, who originally was arrested in New Jersey, agreed on 18 March to be extradited to New York. His lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, requested Comello be in the protective custody Monday after law enforcement officials said that his client may be a target for the murder given that he is accused of killing a well-known mob boss, the New York Post reported. Gottlieb also asked his client be given medication that he had not been able to make the week he is in custody.
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Authorities believe Comello may have shot Cali after the gunman refused to allow him to date his niece. NYPD officials said they first noticed Comello the erratic behavior of the last month, he came to the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan, on February 21, with the demand to make a citizen’s arrest of several Democratic politicians.
“These were inconsistent rulings, but it meant that he wanted to make citizen arrests of [Rep] Maxine Waters, Congressman [Adam] Schiff,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller told the New York Post.
Comello also tried to make a citizen’s arrest on the New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio at Gracie Mansion, but the police did not conduct further research related to Comello, until he allegedly shot Cali less than a month later.
“On the basis of that incident, and the language is used, description and image, police officers who were assigned to Gracie Mansion recognized him as an individual, they came the next day, Feb. 22, as someone who came to ask for a citizen’s arrest of the mayor,” said Miller.
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Cali was shot at least six times in front of his Staten Island home, while his wife and young children were inside. The suspect allegedly ran Cali with his pick-up truck and fled the scene, the New York Post reported. Cali was transported to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was pronounced dead.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.