NEW YORK - David, Bonola, 44, of Queens was arrested for the murder of 51-year-old Orsolya Gaal. Police say the killing came after the pair, who had been romantically involved, had an argument in her home.
Police said he made "incriminating statements" when detectives interviewed him late Wednesday night.
The Queens mother of two was stabbed to death over the weekend and then stuffed inside a duffel bag and dumped a few blocks from her Forest Hills home.
She was stabbed in excess of 55 times inside the home with her son in a bedroom upstairs. A trail of blood marked the path her body was taken.
A doorbell camera caught a man dragging a duffel bag down the street around 4:30 a.m. Gaal's body was believed to be inside the bag. A person walking their dog found the bag a few hours later.
At a Thursday morning news conference, the NYPD said that Bonola had been treated for wounds to both hands at a hospital on Saturday.
Bonola is charged with second-degree murder, criminal tampering, and criminal possession of a weapon. He was arrested at about 12:51 a.m. Thursday at the 112th Precinct.
Bonola was the family's handyman and had access to a hidden key to the family's million-dollar home. There was no sign of forced entry. Police believe he had been doing odd jobs for the family for a few years.
The NYPD says the pair had been having an on-and-off affair for two years and argued in the house before the stabbing.
Police said they found bloody clothes and a knife connected to the killing.
They do not believe Bonola had a prior arrest record. Police say that he came to the U.S. approximately 21 years ago from Mexico.