BENSONHURST, Brooklyn — The son of a Queens woman who has been missing for more than a week was taken into custody early Friday in connection with her disappearance, police said.
Roman Gorbunova, 21, has not been formally charged, officials said. His mother, Lyubova Gorbunova, was last seen on Sept. 27. She was reported missing on Tuesday.
Gorbunova admitted to police that he beat her to death with furniture, a police source said.
The pair had been drinking alcohol when they starting fighting and his mother allegedly told him she wished he’d never been born, the source said. That’s when he picked up a piece of furniture and struck her multiple times.
Police arrested Gorbunova on Sept. 30 in a separate incident, officials said. He allegedly stole a surveillance monitor from the security desk of his mother’s apartment building, where the alleged crime occurred.
After Gorbunova was released, an Uber driver called in a tip about a suspicious passenger who brought a garbage can to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, police said. The package was “suggestive of an individual discarding of a body.”
Gorbunova was also seen on surveillance video in the building lobby removing a garbage pail, sources said.
Police searched the area Thursday, but were not able to find Gorbunova’s mother, officials said. Officers are still searching for her.