Officials identified the man as Anthony Comello and said he was in custody in New Jersey pending extradition to Staten Island.
“The investigation is far from over,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters. “We do not believe this is a random act.”
Shea said police were still working to determine the suspect’s motive and whether he was working with or for other people.
“We are well aware of Mr. Cali’s past. That will be a part of this investigation as we determine what was the motive for the incident on Wednesday evening,” Shea said.
Comello had multiple residences, including one in Staten Island, Shea said. Comello had “crossed paths” with New York police multiple times in limited circumstances including a parking summons the day of the alleged murder.
Comello is being held in the Ocean County jail on a murder count, according to authorities.
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SOURCE: USA Today; Asbury Park Press, Stacey Barchenger and Anthony Zurita