Police ID 2 Suspects in Chelsea Killing

Victim John Laubach was found tied and gagged in his Chelsea apartment.

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012  |  Updated 9:01 AM EDT
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Man Found Tied Up, Dead in Apartment

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Edwin Faulkner, left; Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, right

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Police Seek New Person of Interest in Chelsea Killing

Police have released one man after questioning but are looking for another in connection with the death of a 57-year-old man found bound and gagged in his Chelsea apartment on Friday, NBC New York has learned.

Man Found Tied Up, Dead in Apartment

A 57-year-old man was found dead inside his Manhattan apartment Friday evening, his hands tied to the bed and his mouth covered by Duct tape, authorities said.
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Police are searching for two new suspects in connection with the killing of a 57-year-old man in his Chelsea apartment March 2.

Edwin Faulkner, 30, and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, 26, are being sought for questioning in connection with the murder of John Laubach, who was found bound and gagged in his bed earlier this month.

Investigators were last looking for a man who was caught on an ATM camera trying to use Laubach's bank card after he died. It was not immediately clear whether the man pictured in those ATM photos was one of the suspects. 

Laubach was found unconscious in his fourth-floor apartment at 212 West 22nd St. in Chelsea just before 8 p.m. March 2, when a friend went to check on him, according to police.

His arms were found bound to the bedpost by an electrical cord, his mouth gagged with tape and his face covered with a towel, authorities said.

Emergency responders pronounced Laubach dead at the scene.

Police sources believe Laubach met his killer on the website rentboy.com, a place where gay men can connect with other men or escorts.

Neighbors said Laubach had only been in the apartment for about a year and that he lived alone with his pet cockatoo, often seen perched on his shoulder.

"He was friendly with everyone in the building," said one man who lived on Laubach's floor.

Laubach was an active member of a Greenwich Village church and was studying to be a pastor, according to a friend.

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