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The man accused in the brazen murder of the Gambino crime family’s alleged boss reportedly once attempted to make a citizen’s arrest of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali, who was shot dead earlier this month in front of his Staten Island home. Cali was believed by authorities to be leading one of the country’s most powerful crime organizations in the country.

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Comello reportedly told investigators he was high on marijuana during the shooting and claimed he shot the mob boss – 10 times, according to the police – because he feared for his life, though other reports suggest Comello’s alleged motive may have had something to do with the mafia boss barring his niece from dating Comello.

But just a few months ago, Comello wasn’t being accused of shooting alleged bad guys, instead, he was trying to arrest the top authority in New York City — Mayor de Blasio.

Comello showed up outside city halls to protest the de Blasio’s reign and tried to make a citizen’s arrest of him, the New York Post reported, citing police sources.

Police told the newspaper that the incident was just one example of Comello’s odd behavior and stunts he took part in.

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During a court appearance on Monday, the suspect wrote a string of slogans on his hand, including “MAGA Forever,” an abbreviation of President Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” He also had “United We Stand MAGA” written on his hand.

Cali ascended to the top spot in the Gambino family sometime around 2015, though he was never charged with a crime while leading the group.

Officials haven’t said the Gambino crime family has posted a bounty on Comello, but “the general feeling is that there’s an ‘X’ on this guy’s back,” one source told the New York Post.

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“He’s going to have some issues in jail,” a high-ranking NYPD official told the Post. “Maybe there’s some guys who are wiseguys in jail who will show their allegiance to the Gambinos and say, ‘We’ll take care of this guy.’”

Fox News’ Frank Miles and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The 24-year-old man charged with killing the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family wrote a string of slogans on his hand, including "MAGA Forever," and flashed them before a court hearing Monday.

Anthony Comello held up his left hand while waiting for a hearing to begin in Toms River, New Jersey, in which he agreed to be extradited to New York.

On it were scrawled slogans including “MAGA Forever,” an abbreviation of President Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” It also read “United We Stand MAGA.”

It’s unclear what his motivations were for showing off the hand-written words.

Comello was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home.

Comello’s lawyer, Brian Neary, would not discuss the writing on his client’s hand, nor would he say whether Comello maintained his innocence.

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The New York Times reported Monday afternoon that Comello told detectives he was high on marijuana and allegedly shot Cali because he feared for his life.

Police said Cali, 53, was shot 10 times.

Federal prosecutors referred to Cali in court filings in 2014 as the underboss of the Mafia’s Gambino family, once one of the country’s most powerful crime organizations. News accounts since 2015 said Cali had ascended to the top spot, though he never was charged with leading the gang. His only mob-related conviction came a decade ago, when he was sentenced to 16 months in prison in an extortion scheme involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island. He was released in 2009, and hadn’t been in legal trouble since then.

The last Mafia boss to be rubbed out in New York City was Gambino don “Big Paul” Castellano, who was assassinated in 1985.

Anthony Comello was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home. (AP)

Anthony Comello was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home. (AP)

Officials haven’t confirmed that the Gambino crime family has posted a bounty on Comello, but “the general feeling is that there’s an ‘X’ on this guy’s back,” one source said.

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“He’s going to have some issues in jail,” a high-ranking NYPD official said.

“Maybe there’s some guys who are wiseguys in jail who will show their allegiance to the Gambinos and say, ‘We’ll take care of this guy.’”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A Vermont daycare operator was arrested Monday in the death of a six-month-old baby who police said fatally overdosed after being given an antihistamine to help her sleep.

Stacey Vailancourt, 53, of Rutland, was taken into custody on suspicion of manslaughter and cruelty to a child arising from the January death of six-month-old Harper Rose Briar, Vermont State Police said in a news release.

“Toxicology testing determined that Harper Briar had high concentrations of diphenhydramine in her body,” the news release said.

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The autopsy report noted that diphenhydramine, the active sedating ingredient in over-the-counter antihistamines, is not to be used on infants without a doctor’s order, according to the news release. There was no such order for Harper.

Vailancourt ran a licensed daycare out of her home.

Police said Harper’s parent left her with Vailancourt, who called 911 when the baby became unresponsive.

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The baby’s obituary in the Rutland Herald said she was daughter of Marissa Colburn and Blake Briar, and was the light of their lives and brought joy to everyone who met her.

“Harper Rose quickly gained the title of ‘Perfect Princess,’ her beautiful smile made everyone instantly fall in love with her,” it said.

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A California psychiatrist was found bludgeoned to death in the trunk of his car in Nevada earlier this month and police have now launched an investigation into the man’s murder.

Thomas Burchard’s body was discovered March 7 near the entrance to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said. Authorities ruled that Burchard died from blunt force injury to the head, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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The Clark County’s Coroner’s Office said Thursday the 71-year-old Salinas, California native’s death could officially be ruled a homicide, but police added no one had been arrested in his death, according to the newspaper.

Burchard’s body was found after a passerby noticed that a parked vehicle had a rock thrown through one of the windows, police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said.

"He’s a longstanding physician in the community who was very helpful to many of his patients," Community of Health of the Monterrey Peninsula spokeswoman Mary Baker told The Californian. “It was a sad situation and our hearts go out to his family.”

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Burchard had worked four decades in the behavioral health program with Montage Health, according to The Californian.

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Authorities in Kentucky are investigating a home invasion and shooting that killed a 21-year-old woman and wounded a 21-year-old man Saturday night.

Kentucky State Police said troopers were called to a home in Scottsville at approximately 10:30 p.m., where they found two victims identified as Charles Hopewell and Alyssia Rodriguez. Investigators said Hopewell and Rodriguez were inside their home when "unknown person(s)" went into the house with a firearm and opened fire.

Rodriguez was struck in the head and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., where she was pronounced dead Sunday morning.

Hopewell was struck "in the head area" and was treated and released from a local hospital. WLEX-TV reported that two other people, including a child, were inside the home at the time of the shooting, but were not injured.

State troopers and police detectives are investigating Rodriguez’s murder with the assistance of Scottsville Police.

Scottsville is about an hour’s drive northeast of Nashville.

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A North Carolina man wanted on a first-degree murder warrant in connection with the killing of his wife was arrested Sunday morning in Arizona — just 34 miles from the Mexico border, officials said.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that Rexford Lynn Keel, 57, was taken into custody following a traffic stop on Interstate 10 near Tucson. The statement added that Keel had many bank receipts "and a large sum of money with him" when he was arrested.

It was not immediately clear when Keel would be extradited to North Carolina. He was being held Sunday at the Pima County Jail in Tucson.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone told reporters Sunday afternoon that Keel "could have made it a lot tougher" for law enforcement to apprehend him if he had crossed the southern border.

The body of Keel’s wife, 38-year-old Diana Alejandra Keel, was found on March 12 by North Carolina Department of Transportation employees along a remote road about 30 minutes away from her home in Nashville. Her death has been ruled a homicide, though officials have not said exactly how she died.

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The woman’s mother told WTVD her daughter had planned to divorce her husband, but she also told the station that Lynn Keel had threatened Diana.

Detectives are also re-examining the 2006 death of his first wife, Elizabeth. Investigators initially ruled Elizabeth Keel’s death an accident after she fell on the corner of some concrete steps in front of their Nashville house.

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Fox News’ Anna Hopkins and Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to this report.

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New York City police have a fresh murder mystery on their hands after the discovery of human remains last week belonging to a man who may have been killed — and dismembered — 40 years ago, according to reports.

A torso, hip bones and possible lung and heart tissue were unearthed in a backyard in a working-class section of Queens Tuesday, NBC 4 New York reports.

The victim was a man, 30 to 35, but cops don’t know his identity or how he died, according to the station.

Cops found the remains behind an old two-story house in Richmond Hill after getting a call from a woman who said she knew about a murder that took place between 1977 and 1979, possibly at a barber shop.

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The woman also said she knew where the body was buried and cops found it where she told them to look, according to local media reports.

It’s unclear why the woman waited until now to divulge her dark secret.

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“She recalls now that a little over 40 years ago she was present at this house and gave us information regarding the presence of a body that was buried in plastic bags in the backyard.” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters last week.

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The New York Times reported that the woman was a child at the time living in the house.

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Maryland police say five MS-13 gang members stabbed one of their own 100 times and drove the body to Virginia where they set it on fire.

The victim of the brutal attack was a 16-year-old high school student. Cops identified Jacson Pineda-Chicas this week after releasing a photo of a tattoo on his left arm, Tribune Media reported.

His body was found dumped on the side of the road in Stafford, Va., March 9.

Police in Prince George’s County said in a news release that the teen was killed in a home 60 miles away in Landover Hills, Md., that belonged to the leader of a Virgina MS-13 clique.

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Cops charged the clique leader Jose Ordonez-Zometa, 29, with participating in the murder.

The other suspects and Pineda-Chicas drove to Ordonez-Zometa’s home for a meeting March 8, police said.

“To hear somebody was stabbed 100 times, per the medical examiner, pretty much speaks for itself how violent the attack would have been,” Maj. Brian Reilly said Friday at a news conference.

He said invesitgators still don’t know why Pineda-Chicas was targeted for death by his friends.

Cops identified MS-13 murder victim Jacson Pineda-Chicas, 16, this week after releasing a photo of a tattoo showing a tatoo on his left arm.

Cops identified MS-13 murder victim Jacson Pineda-Chicas, 16, this week after releasing a photo of a tattoo showing a tatoo on his left arm. (Stafford County Sheriff’s Office)

NBC 4 Washington reported speaking on Thursday to Pineda-Chicas’ mother who said her son was being threatened after saying he didn’t want to be an MS-13 gang member anymore.

The woman, who was not identified, told the station that when his gang pals accused him of talking to cops, they threatened to kill his family. He told them to kill him instead.

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"He had to take knives to defend himself, and screwdrivers,” she told the station. “He had razors and he told me, ‘Mom, I’m going to defend myself with them, but it’s not going to be enough.’"

She said they fled El Salvador after her son was forced to join MS-13 there.

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Police said the others suspects in the case were Jonathan Castillo-Rivera, 20; Kevin Rodriguez-Flores, 18; Christian Martinez-Ramirez, 16, and Jose Hernandez-Garcia, 25.

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Authorities are on the hunt for a man who is wanted for murder after his wife was found dead 30 miles from the couple’s North Carolina home.

The whereabouts of Rexford Lynn Keel Jr., 57, are currently unknown and a warrant has been issued for his arrest for first-degree murder. His wife, 38-year-old Diana Alejandra Keel, was reported missing by her daughter on March 9 after learning she had not showed up for her job as an emergency room nurse for several days. Her body was discovered three days later by Department of Transportation employees who were working along a remote road about 30 minutes away from Nashville, N.C.

Police say they are now reinvestigating the death of Keel’s first wife, Elizabeth Edward Keel, who died in 2006 at the same house Keel lives in today. Her death was ruled as an accident and thought to be the result of a fall on the corner of the concrete steps in front of the house.

It is not yet known how Diana Keel died, but an autopsy was conducted on Wednesday and her death was ruled as a homicide.

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The body of Diana Alejandra Keel, 38, was discovered 30 miles from her home three days after she was reported missing 

The body of Diana Alejandra Keel, 38, was discovered 30 miles from her home three days after she was reported missing  (Nash County Sheriff’s Office)

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Keel was questioned on Tuesday in connection with the discovery of his wife’s body. He said that he had not seen her since Friday and that it wasn’t uncommon for her to leave their home for long periods of time. He was released without charge.

As authorities continue to search for Keel, they have advised that he is driving a gold 1998 Chevy pickup truck with the North Carolina license plate BBM-9232.

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“The most difficult aspect of this case is a 10-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter are without their mother,” Sheriff Keith Stone said during a press conference on Wednesday.

Detectives are reportedly working with the FBI to find Keel and find out the truth about what happened to his wives.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to the reporting of this story.

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A suspect was reportedly in custody Saturday in connection with this week’s suspected gangland slaying of a reputed New York City mob boss.

The suspect was being questioned by NYPD detectives investigating the shooting of alleged Gambino crime boss Francesco “Frankie Boy” Cali in Staten Island Wednesday, according to local media reports.

Authorities found the 24-year-old suspect’s fingerprint on a license plate the hitman reportedly handed Cali before shooting him dead, the New York Post reported.

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Cali, 53, was plugged six times in an encounter with a man who rammed Cali’s SUV in what police believe was a staged accident to lure Cali out of his home on Staten Island.

A source told the paper that Cali shook hands with the killer before being shot.

The Staten Island Advance reported that the suspect was a white male who lives in Staten Island and that he was apprehended Saturday morning in New Jersey.

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“We know that there was a vehicle accident in front of the residence, and we believe the victim’s vehicle was struck,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told the paper after the shooting.

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Shea was also quoted as saying, “In trying to elude gunfire he fled to rear area of his personal vehicle, and was trying to get underneath the truck.”

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