Saturday, March 16, 2019, in the morning, police had a suspect in custody after he was arrested in Jersey Shore for the mob execution of the Gambino family boss Frank Cali.
The person of interest has not been identified. He was arrested by the New York/New Jersey Task Force three days after mobster, Franky Boy, was murdered outside his Staten Island home, sources told the Daily News.
The 24-year-old suspect was a resident of Staten Island and was taken into custody in Brick Township, New Jersey, about 50 miles south of the scene of the murder. No other details have been made available about the suspect of what led investigators to arrest this man.
Cali, 53, was lured to his death when the killer staged a car accident, plowing a pickup truck into Cali’s parked Cadillac SUV outside his home at 9:15 p.m. ET, on Wednesday night, according to police.
The leader of the Gambino family arose from the dinner table to investigate the situation, the driver of the truck jumped from the vehicle and opened fire. He pumped at least six bullets into the doomed crime boss.
The hitman sped off in the truck, leaving Cali to die near the Cadillac’s back bumper. Police discovered a dozen shell casing outside his house.
The killing was the city’s first murder of a sitting mob boss since the December 1985 hit on Gambino boss Paul Castellano. He lived in the same Todt Hill neighborhood where Cali was targeted. Castellano and his driver were gunned down Sparks Steak House in Midtown as they arrived for a scheduled dinner. He was meeting with five fellow mobsters, including the one who set him up.
After arriving in New York, Cali rose through the ranks of the Gambino family quickly. He became Capo before he reached the age of 40. He was bumped up to acting bozz in 2015, after he had served on a panel that once led the mighty crime syndicate named for Mafioso Carlo Gambino.
Cali had a rap sheet with just one arrest, serving 16 months in an extortion scheme before his release in April 2009. The Mafia was a Cali family affair: His wife was the niece of Gambino capo, while his brother and brother-in-law were Gambino soldiers.
By Jeanette Smith
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