Suspect behind violent murder of Queens woman Orsolya Gaal apprehended; police to announce details today

Police guard the Juno Street home of Orsolya Gaal (inset), a Forest Hills woman murdered on April 16, 2022.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell/Inset via Facebook, Orsolya Gaal

Detectives charged on Thursday the suspect believed to be responsible for the violent murder of Queens resident Orsolya Gaal last weekend.

David Bonola, 44, of 114th Street in Richmond Hill was charged with homicide, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon.

Gaal’s body was discovered in a duffel bag last Saturday at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and the Jackie Robinson Parkway near Forest Park. Based on a blood trail from the crime scene, police believe Gaal was killed in her home at 72-24 Juno St. in Forest Hills before the suspect dragged her body in the duffel bag to the location where the body was discovered, according to law enforcement sources.

Gaal, 51, leaves behind her husband and two sons.

The 112th Precinct will be holding a press conference this morning at 11:30 a.m. at its Forest Hills stationhouse, where Chief of Detectives James Essig and police executives will provide further details on the arrest.

The police are expected to address whether or not the victim knew the suspect and how the suspect gained entry during the press conference, among other details, according to an NYPD spokesperson.

Reports indicate that Gaal was stabbed at least 60 times. A public affairs spokesperson from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said the autopsy determined that sharp force injuries to Gaal’s neck were the cause of her death.

Shortly after the murder, Gaal’s husband claimed to have received threatening text messages from an unknown individual. At the time, he believed it was his wife’s killer.

This story was first published on QNS.com.