The man charged in the murder of Forest Hills mom Orsolya Gaal was allegedly involved in an affair with the 51-year-old married mother of two and worked as a handyman for the family, according to authorities.
Police on Thursday announced that David Bonola, 44, of Richmond Hill, was arrested and charged with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with Gaal’s death.
In a press conference outside the NYPD’s 112th Precinct late Thursday morning, NYPD Chief James Essig said Bonola was caught on nearby security cameras dragging the duffel bag in the early hours of April 16.
When he was then brought in for questioning, Bonola made “incriminating statements,” Essig said.
Authorities say that Bonola, who had been a handyman for the family over the last two years, had been having an on-again-off-again affair with Gaal over that same period of time before Gaal called it off for good earlier in April.
Essig said police believe Gaal arrived home at 72-24 Juno St. after a night out at around 12:10 a.m. on April 16 before Bonola came over around 12:30 a.m. Essig said the pair then got into a heated argument in the basement before Bonola allegedly stabbed and killed her.
Police recovered a knife found in the basement, which is believed to be the murder weapon, according to authorities. The knife was consistent with other knives found throughout the house.
Bonola is believed to have stuffed Gaal into a hockey bag that belonged to one of her sons and dragged her to the intersection at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and the Jackie Robinson Parkway near Forest Park, where her body was discovered a little after 8 a.m. in April 16.
Police on the scene discovered a blood trail that brought them multiple blocks away, to Gaal’s Juno Street home.
It is believed Bonola stabbed Gaal at least 60 times, and a public affairs spokesperson from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told QNS that the medical examiner determined the cause of death as sharp force injuries to Gaal’s neck.
Detectives found Bonola’s jacket in Forest Park, leading them to believe that Bonola cut through the park as he fled the scene. Detectives also found boots, a T-shirt and bloody bandages at another unspecified location, police said.
Bonola received treatment for wounds to his hands at a hospital later on April 16, according to authorities.
According to the police, Bonola allegedly used Gaal’s phone to message her husband and blame the perpetrators of a previous burglary at the house for her murder.
“We were able to quickly get this killer off the streets,” Essig said.
Watch the full press conference below.
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