Suspects Extradited, Charged In Bizarre Chelsea Murder

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two men suspected of killing a Chelsea man were charged with murder following their extradition from Florida on Saturday.

Edwin Faulkner, 30 and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, 26, were arrested on Thursday. The two men are accused of killing John Laubach in his Manhattan apartment.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports

Laubach was found dead and bound in his apartment on March 2. The two suspects were seen on a surveillance camera using Laubach’s ATM card shortly after the killing.

Prosecutors said Faulkner and Martinez-Herrera tied up and robbed Laubach, wrapping duct tape around his head and mouth.

Laubach died of asphyxiation, officials said.

Faulkner has admitted he was in the apartment, according to prosecutors, and Martinez-Herrera apparently left a fingerprint behind at the scene before fleeing to Florida.

It is unclear how the two suspects knew Laubach.

Faulkner and Martinez-Herrera had reportedly been in contact with the victim for a few weeks and Faulkner’s lawyer, Daniel Scott, refused to comment on how the suspects and victim knew each other.

“It’s really best that we reserve these comments until we know more,” Scott said.

The suspects are due back in court on Wednesday. Both men are being held without bail.

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  1. Robert says:

    Sometimes when you play with fire, you get burned…and in this case the victim paid the ultimate price for his folly.

  2. gus says:

    2 MORE IDIOTS OFF THE STREETS

  3. George says:

    Who in their right mind picks up 2 people off the street who look like that? These rich people (especially from elsewhere around the country as I am guessing that applies to Mr. Laubach) have the intelligence to remove someones brain while keeping them alive or some how making 2+2=5 but have no street smarts at all. Guess he never saw a thug in Iowa, Wyoming, or wherever.
    If I had as much money as he probably had and wanted a young boy/ girl toy, I’d book some swanky Midtown hotel and hire only one at a time. And not trying to vilify the victim. Especially when he was older than the suspects (always bothers me more so when I read about assailants being younger than the victim). Respect your elders people.

    As for motive, uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, does robbery come to mind? Shows that police have of course the street smarts, but are a good bit out of touch with rationality. I mean if the suspects never saw the victim before, doubt they would have any vengeance for him. Probably just an “easy” score of cash for them. of which they are now paying back big time.

  4. TELLIN IT IS LIKE IT IS says:

    THE GUY IN THE GREEN SHIRT LOOKS LIKE HES GONNA HAVE A PROBLEM IN THE SHOWER

    1. CHARLIE says:

      BIG PROBLEM.
      DON’T BENT DOWN TO PICK UP THE SOAP BRO.

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