Cops Nab Man Accused of Dumping Mom's Body in Lake
Here’s the Rego Park man who cops say beat his mother to death, dumped her body in a Queens lake and then led investigators on a massive manhunt.
Preppy alleged bludgeoner Roman Gorbunova, 21, showed no emotion as detectives led him out of the 112th Precinct in Queens Saturday night.
He faces charges of second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence, said Queens DA Richard Brown.
Gorbunova allegedly killed his mother during a drunken argument, after she told him: “I wish you were never born!”
His weapon was the leg of a chair, a source told The Post.
Gorbunova allegedly confessed after his arrest in Brooklyn on Friday, telling detectives that he had dumped her body in a lake in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Remains believed to be those of the mother, home-health aide and Uzbekistan native Lyubova Gorbunova, 58, were not found until Saturday.
The remains, bundled inside a plastic bag, were pulled from Willow Lake at the southern end of the park.
The bag was found at approximately the same location that the son had pointed to on a map during his confession, sources said.
Cops made the grisly discovery at around 10:30 a.m.
At about 1 p.m. Saturday, numerous detectives could be seen gathered around a body bag underneath a bridge near the lake.
Scores of cops had been scouring the park in search of the woman, even before Gorbunova’s alleged confession.
Officers began searching the water after they were alerted by an Uber driver who had called 911 after picking the son up at about midnight on Sept. 29 at the Rego Park apartment he shared with his mother.
Gorbunova was dragging a heavy, foul-smelling garbage can — and asked to be dropped off in a desolate section of the park.
The suspicious Uber driver complied, then called 911.
The mom had been reported missing two days earlier.
Detectives viewed surveillance footage from the Uber car and recognized the passenger as the son — but he had already fled the apartment.
He was arrested Friday in Brooklyn after a purchase he made there flagged his location to cops.
The city medical examiner will determine an official cause of death.