David Bonola, 44, has been charged with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon
A 44-year-old man has been arrested for the murder of Queens mother Orsolya Gaal.
David Bonola, 44, has been charged with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon.
It remains unclear how he knew Gaal, who was stabbed 58 times in his home in Forest Hills on Saturday at around 12.40am.
Social media posts show the pair interacting on one of Gaal’s photos posted in 2020.
Bonola wrote: ‘Hola’ beneath the post, which the mother-of-two liked in response.
The NYPD is scheduled to give a press briefing ay 11.30am later today. Bonola is understood to be in custody at the 112th Precinct in Queens.
Police sources cited by NBC say he is the ‘handyman’ suspect that is believed to have had access to the home.
Others, cited by The New York Daily News, claimed the pair were having an affair.
Detectives believe the pair argued inside before Bonola allegedly killed her.
There have been confused reports over where exactly inside the home she was attacked – some sources say evidence points to a struggle on the first floor, but others say she was killed in the basement of the home.
Gaal had spent Friday night at a show at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan with girlfriends.
She then returned to Queens sometime before 11pm, stopping in for a drink at the Forest Hills Station House, where she had a Moscow Mule.
She then walked home to Juno Street.
It’s unclear if her killer was already inside the home or if she let him in afterwards but at 12.40am, she was stabbed 58 times in the neck, torso and arm.
Her 13-year-old son Leo was upstairs in the house at the time. At 4.11am, the suspect wheeled Gaal’s body out of the house in a duffel bag.
This is believed to be Orsolya Gaal’s killer, dragging her body along the sidewalk after stabbing her nearly 60 times in her basement in Queens on Saturday
These are the last known movements of Orsolya Gaal, 51, who was stabbed to death in the early hours of Saturday morning. David Bonola, 44, has now been charged with her murder
Gaal with her sons, 17-yearold Jamie and 13-year-old Leo, and husband Howard Klein on Christmas Eve in 2021
The Klein family home remained sealed off on Wednesday morning with multiple NYPD vehicles parked outside
He was filmed rushing past houses, dragging it behind him, before dumping it 0.5 miles from the property on the side of a busy road.
It was found the next morning by a dog walker who called police.
Cops then followed a trail of blood left by the dragged bag back to Gaal’s home.
They found Leo inside unscathed and took him in for questioning, putting him in handcuffs, before letting him go later that day.
Gaal’s husband Howard and her older son Jamie, who had been on the West Coast, rushed back. They have not been seen or heard from since.
In the week since her death, there have been numerous reports based on unnamed police sources that Gaal had been having an affair.
Cops focused on an unidentified handyman – now believed to be Bonola – who they said knew his way around the house and might have even had access to a spare key.
Whoever killed her, they said, had not been planning it and left a ‘sloppy’ crime scene that likely contained the killer’s DNA.
‘He left a blood trail for five blocks from the house. It was like a trail of bread crumbs.
‘If you want to kill somebody, you try to make it a little cleaner, be a little more prepared. He didn’t go with something to move his body. He took something from the house.
‘I’m sure with that kind of blood, there’s lots of DNA there. The killer’s DNA has gotta be in that blood. It’s not a clean scene,’ a source told The New York Post on Tuesday night.
Neighbors and friends described Gaal as a loving mother who was dedicated to her husband and kids.