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'Unhinged' Mob boss murder suspect who wrote MAGA on his hand as he appeared in court had previously targeted Nancy Pelosi for 'citizen's arrest'

Man 25, is arrested in connection with the assassination of Gambino crime boss Frank Cali amid claims the shooting could have been 'over a woman',

Mob boss murder suspect previously targeted Nancy Pelosi

  • Alleged murderer Anthony Comello, 24, appeared in a Toms River, New Jersey, court with MAGA, short for 'Make America Great Again', written on his left hand
  • He is charged with murdering Gambino crime family boss Francesco 'Franky Boy' Cali outside Cali's Staten Island home on March 13 
  • NYPD source tells DailyMail.com Comello was known to authorities after making the 'citizen's arrest' inquiry about House Speaker Pelosi to a US Marshal
  • The source said, 'He was clearly unhinged well before he decided to kill Cali'
  •  Comello's courtroom stunt has been compared to the actions of 'MAGA Bomber' Cesar Sayoc
  • Sayoc, 56, sent 16 pipe bombs last year to people he saw as enemies of President Trump

The alleged murderer of the Gambino crime family boss previously targeted Nancy Pelosi for a 'citizen's arrest', 

Alleged murderer Anthony Comello (above) is accused of killing Gambino crime family boss Francesco 'Franky Boy' Cali last week

Alleged murderer Anthony Comello (above) is accused of killing Gambino crime family boss Francesco 'Franky Boy' Cali last week

Anthony Comello, 24, appeared in a New Jersey court on Monday charged with gunning down Francesco 'Franky Boy' Cali on March 13, with MAGA written on Comello's hand.

An NYPD source said Comello once sought out a US Marshal to ask them how he could perform a citizen's arrest on Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The alleged hitman was known to police after he asked advice on how to make the arrest. It is unclear what action the U.S. Marshals Office took as a result.

The source told DailyMail.com, 'He was clearly unhinged well before he decided to kill Cali. The whole citizen's arrest inquiry against Nancy Pelosi is proof of that.'

Comello asked a US Marshal how he could go about performing a 'citizen's arrest' on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (above).

Comello asked a US Marshal how he could go about performing a 'citizen's arrest' on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (above). 

Camello (above) showed off pro-Trump slogans on his left hand during a court appearance on Monday in Toms River, New Jersey. The messages include MAGA Forever'
Anthony Comello in court over killing mob boss Franky Cali

While appearing on Monday at a court hearing in Toms River, New Jersey, where he agreed to be extradited to New York, Comello showed pro-Trump slogans on his left hand.

In ballpoint pen, Comello had written 'MAGA Forever', the abbreviation for 'Make America Great Again', the campaign slogan popularized by Donald Trump in his 2016 Presidential campaign. 

Gambino crime family boss Francesco 'Franky Boy' Cali (above) was murdered outside his Staten Island home on March 13

Gambino crime family boss Francesco 'Franky Boy' Cali (above) was murdered outside his Staten Island home on March 13

Comello had also  scrawled read “United We Stand MAGA” and “Patriots In Charge”.

When asked to comment on Comello targeting Pelosi, the US Marshals Office referred inquiries to the NYPD.

An NYPD spokesman said he had no comment.

Comello's courtroom stunt has already been compared to the actions of 'MAGA Bomber' Cesar Sayoc.

Floridian Sayoc, 56, was charged in October last year with sending 16 pipe bombs to President Trump's political enemies, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.

When he was arrested, Sayoc had been living out of a van covered with pro-Trump stickers and images of prominent Democrats with cross-hairs on their faces. Sayoc faces life imprisonment if convicted.

Investigators are seen with forensic equipment outside the Cali's home on Thursday
NYPD fills in details over the death of mob boss Francesco Cali

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Gambino crime boss Franky Cali shook his hitman's hand before he was shot and killed

  • A 25-year-old white male suspect from Staten Island was apprehended by police on Saturday morning and taken into questioning 
  • CCTV footage obtained by police showed Frank Cali shaking hands with his murderer before being shot dead
  • The 53-year-old can be seen heading outside on March 13, to investigate after a pick-up truck crashed into his parked Escalade
  • The pair engage in a conversation, but Cali turns his back on the man to place his crumpled license plate into the trunk of his car
  • As he does so, the man - aged 25 to 40 - pulls out a 9mm pistol and fires at Cali 12 times
  • Cali scrambles desperately to hide under his car to shield himself from the hail of gunfire, but he is struck six times 
  • Former Gambino hitman John Alite warned that retribution is inevitable and 'a couple guys are going to get killed now'

In what was New York's first mob-boss whacking in 33 years, footage of Francesco 'Franky Boy' Cali's slaying shows he shook hands with his killer before being shot  - and now police have a suspect in custody, sources say.

According to Staten Island Live, NYPD apprehended a 25-year-old white male from Staten Island on Saturday morning, who's currently being questioned in relation to the murder. 

No further information is being issued by the police department at this time. 

The deadly interaction was captured in full from a surveillance camera installed at Cali's Staten Island mansion.

The 53-year-old can be seen heading out the front door of his home on the evening of March 13, after a blue pickup truck reversed forcefully into his stationary Cadillac Escalade.

According to Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, the footage - which had to be obtained by a warrant - shows Cali and the man engaging in a conversation, before shaking hands.

The man then passes Cali a licence plate that had fallen off his Escalade.

But as the crime boss turns his back to place the plate in the trunk of his car, the hitman, believed to be between 25 and 40-years-old, unsheathes a 9mm pistol and opens fire.

Franky Cali
Franky Cali

The murder of Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali has stoked fears that the Mafia may be returning to New York City after more than three decades of peace. Cali, 53, was seen shaking hands with his killer moments before being shot dead

Hand prints, likely caused by officers dusting for fingerprints, is seen on the side of a Cali's Escalade being pulled from the scene

Hand prints, likely caused by officers dusting for fingerprints, is seen on the side of a Cali's Escalade being pulled from the scene 

The 53-year-old can be seen heading out the front door of his home on the evening of March 13, after a blue pickup truck reversed heavily into his stationary Cadillac Escalade

The 53-year-old can be seen heading out the front door of his home on the evening of March 13, after a blue pickup truck reversed heavily into his stationary Cadillac Escalade

Cali's home in the Todt Hill neighborhood of Staten Island is pictured

Cali's home in the Todt Hill neighborhood of Staten Island is pictured

NYPD fills in details over the death of mob boss Francesco Cali

'It’s not like they came out, started a fistfight,' a police source told the New York Post. 'The importance of that is — it’s almost as if proof of the concept that hitting the car was contrived.

'It doesn’t look like there was any rage.'

The gunman pulled the trigger 12 times, striking Cali at least six.

Attempting the flee the onslaught of bullets, Cali tried to hide beneath his car, which initially led investigators to believe he'd been run over in the hit.

But on Friday, the city's Medical Examiner's Office determined he had died from several gunshot wounds.

Family members poured out of the house. ‘Papa! Papa!’ wailed one man before lying on the grass, sobbing.

Investigators with the NYPD were forced to obtain a warrant to review the surveillance video, after the victim's relatives' were allegedly unwillling to comply with the probe.

And on Thursday, authorities descended on the home in abundance, collecting cellphones, laptops and other digital devices to help aid their search for Cali's killer.

Investigators are seen with forensic equipment outside the Cali's home on Thursday

Investigators are seen with forensic equipment outside the Cali's home on Thursday 

NYPD investigates murder of mob boss Frank Cali in Staten Island

Cali's murder is the first hit on a Mafia boss since John Gotti arranged the assassination of then-Gambino head Paul Castellano outside a Manhattan steakhouse in 1985

Cali's murder is the first hit on a Mafia boss since John 'Dapper Don' Gotti arranged the assassination of then-Gambino head Paul Castellano in 1985.

'We thought those days were over,' Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the slaying. 'Very surprising, but I guess old habits die hard.'

For Cali's slaying, the police were thought to be considering Gene Gotti, John's younger brother, who was released from prison after 29 years just six-months ago.

One of the theories apparently under consideration is that Gotti, 72, is possibly trying to assert his authority over the Gambino crime family, but so far, he has not been named a suspect, or even a person of interest.

His older brother had assumed control of the criminal organization after ordering the assassination of his predecessor, Paul Castellano, outside a Manhattan steakhouse in 1985.

John Gotti stood at the helm of the Gambino family until his conviction on murder, racketeering and conspiracy charges in 1992. He died in prison of cancer in 2002.

For Cali's slaying, the police are thought to be turning their attention to Gene Gotti (above), John's younger brother, who was released from prison after 29 years in September

For Cali's slaying, the police are thought to be turning their attention to Gene Gotti (above), John's younger brother, who was released from prison after 29 years in September

Cali kept a much lower profile than John Gotti (above) and was killed in far less spectacular fashion than Paul Castellano, who was gunned down outside a Manhattan steakhouse in 1085

Cali kept a much lower profile than John Gotti (above) and was killed in far less spectacular fashion than Paul Castellano, who was gunned down outside a Manhattan steakhouse in 1085

Gotti was convicted in Castellano's murder and a multitude of other crimes in 1992

Gotti was convicted in Castellano's murder and a multitude of other crimes in 1992

Cali, who had close ties to Sicilian mafia, was believed to have taken the reigns of the criminal enterprise in 2015.

Cali’s only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago, when he pleaded guilty in an extortion scheme involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island. He was sentenced to 16 months behind bars and was released in 2009.

In that case, authorities intercepted conversations shedding light on his quiet underworld command. At a 2008 bail hearing, a prosecutor said Cali was seen 'as a man of influence and power by organized crime members in Italy.'

Mafia heir Giovanni Gambino told DailyMail.com that 53-year-old 'Franky Boy' was a constant feature in the New York charity scene and was someone he looked up to growing up.

'Nobody gets away with anything', warned Mafia heir Giovanni Gambino (left)

'Nobody gets away with anything', warned Mafia heir Giovanni Gambino (left)

Former Gambino hitman John Alite, who has confessed to involvement in several murders, believes that retribution is inevitable

Former Gambino hitman John Alite, who has confessed to involvement in several murders, believes that retribution is inevitable

'He was the good wise guy that went after bad wise guys', Giovanni told DailyMailcom. 'The wise guy that showed class. He was the one that had the 'it' factor, growing up with my friends. We all looked up to him. He gave a great impression.'

'Nobody gets away with anything . Especially killing a good man,' he added.

Former Gambino hitman John Alite, who has confessed to involvement in several murders, believes that retribution is inevitable.

If this is still the Mafia, that guy’s got to get killed that did the shooting,' said Alite, 56, to USA Today.

'And anybody that helped them. Anybody who was associated with this murder, whether it was mob related or not, a couple of guys got to get killed now.'

Police gather outside of murdered Gambino boss’s Staten Island home

1985 MOB HIT ON GAMBINO BOSS PAUL CASTELLANO

Frank Cali's murder is the first hit on a Mafia boss since John Gotti arranged the assassination of then-Gambino head 'Big Paul' Castellano - outside Sparks Steakhouse - in 1985.

The notorious assasination saw Castellano, 70, and his underboss Thomas Bilotti, 47, both shot in the face by a three-man hit squad just after the two victims had stepped out of their car.

Castellano's reign as kingpin had begun in 1976 after the death of Carlo Gambino.

The Gambinos were the most powerful of the five families of the New York City mafia and worth an estimated $500 million a year.  

John Gotti
Paul Castellano

Gambino capo John Gotti (left) was part of a three-man hit squad that shot Mafia kingpin Paul Castellano (right) outside a steakhouse in 1985

Big Paul was made boss instead of the likely heir, the then-underboss Aniello Dellacroce - a decision which annoyed those loyal to Dellacroce.

They were further enraged by Castellano's insistence on living as a recluse in his mansion in Todt Hill, Staten Island, which earned him the moniker, 'the Howard Huges of the Mob'.

When Dellacroce died of cancer in 1985, Castellano disrepected the Family by not attending the funeral.

The final nail in his coffin was when he made Capo Thomas Bilotti his underboss.

John Gotti, who had been loyal to Dellacroce and didn't think Castellano was worthy of being the Don, and the irate Gambinos then decided to whack Castellano.

At the time, Castellano had been on trial in Manhattan federal court on racketeering charges involving three murders and an international stolen car ring but the trial was in recess.

On December 15, 1985 Gotti and the Dellacroce devised a plan to assassinate Castellano and Bilotti - by luring the boss to a meeting at Sparks Steakhouse on 210 E. 46th St., between Second and Third Avenues.

The scene of the crime. Big Paul was made boss instead of the likely heir, the then-underboss Aniello Dellacroce - a decision which annoyed those loyal to Dellacroce

The scene of the crime. Big Paul was made boss instead of the likely heir, the then-underboss Aniello Dellacroce - a decision which annoyed those loyal to Dellacroce

The bodies of Castellano and Bilotti  lay in a pool of blood after they were gunned down outside Sparks steakhouse in Manhattan

The bodies of Castellano and Bilotti  lay in a pool of blood after they were gunned down outside Sparks steakhouse in Manhattan

At around 5.30pm, Gotti and Salvatore 'Sammy the Bull' Gravano were driving in Gotti's Lincoln Town Car when they spotted the boss in his Black Lincoln Town Car.

Gotti drove on ahead and parked at a vantage point across the street from the restaurant.

At around 6pm, Castellano and his Underboss Thomas Bilotti pulled up at Sparks Steakhouse to attend a sit down with Frank DeCicco to apologize for missing Dellacroce's funeral.

Just as they exited the car, the assassin shot Castellano six times. He fell to the pavement and died. Bilotti, who was in the driver's seat was also shot dead.

Gotti then drove past the scene, while Gravano looked at Bilotti's body, saying 'he's gone'.

Soon after, John Gotti became Boss, Frank DeCicco became Underboss, and Gravano became Consigliere in 1986.

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Comment by mr1stroke on Saturday
And it proves how the weak minded are so distracted by the made distraction, if the mob boss was black, muslim, jew or gay theu would say he had Maga in his hand because he is a racist, since the mob boss was white what the hell maga has to do with anything, and where exactly does it say Maga? Lol so weak and conditioned
Comment by mr1stroke on Saturday
No man is untouchable i dont care who you are, at the right time, the wrong place, the right person you will be reach especially by the weak when they had enough, no longer afraid with nothing to lose
Comment by evolution on Saturday

He's a damn terrorist.

Comment by E Peters on March 19, 2019 at 6:57pm
That was the Untouchables but it’s going to happen nobody hits a made guy without permission. That kid is toast
Comment by vaughn mitchell on March 19, 2019 at 3:10pm
I hope they give him a slow death. Slice his throat in jail. Just a matter of time. Bash his head in with baseball bat, like Dinero, did in Goodfellas.
Comment by Robert on March 19, 2019 at 3:07pm
The writing doesn't really look like mega. Now with the news, crime is either blacks or conspiracy theories of whites associated with mega.
Comment by CJordan on March 16, 2019 at 5:06pm

Nobody gives a crap about this motherfukka. I'm glad he's dead and many more of them should go. Nobody talks about white on white crime. F*** him.

Comment by mr1stroke on March 16, 2019 at 4:45pm
I dont believe it the real killer is already back to sicily, but he is the killer he is about die in a few, and thats it works, no rats

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