Suspects in Chelsea Killing Apprehended in Florida: Sources

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

By Shimon Prokupecz and Jonathan Dienst
|  Thursday, Mar 15, 2012  |  Updated 4:32 PM 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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Two suspects wanted in connection with the killing of a 57-year-old man in his Chelsea apartment earlier this month have been caught in Florida, NBC New York has learned.

Edwin Faulkner, 30, and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, 26, were apprehended without incident in Orlando Thursday and are awaiting an extradition hearing, law-enforcement sources told NBC New York.

They were wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of John Laubach, who was found bound and gagged in his bed, and a warrant had been issued for their arrests.

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 tied to the bedpost with an electrical cord, his mouth gagged with tape and his face covered with a towel, authorities said.

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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