Police Identify Two Suspects In Brutal Slaying Of Gay Chelsea Resident

Police have identified two suspects in the murder of John Laubach, a 57-year-old Chelsea gay man who was found bound and gagged in his apartment on March 2nd. They are named as Edwin Faulkner, 30, and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, 26.

Various New York news outlets report that the two were caretakers for Laubach, who recently suffered a stroke, although whether that role was platonic or sexual remains unclear.

NY1 reports that “Sources say Laubach paid the two men to have sex with him.”

Reports the New York Times:

“They both have criminal histories,” said a police spokesman, who added that Mr. Faulkner had had several run-ins with the law in the New York area and that Mr. Martinez-Herrera had a criminal record in Florida.

And the New York Post:

“He hired them for a little bit of money to take care of him. Somewhere along the line, they decided to kill him and rob him,” said a law-enforcement source.

The Daily News says he was a neighborhood eccentric:

Laubach, who worked as an insurance executive, was well-known in his neighborhood and recognized by many because he usually walked around with a pet cockatoo on his shoulder.

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  • TheMarc

    Pretty sad story. I feel for the Mr. Laubach and his family. It doesn’t matter why they were there. These were two adult men who murdered another man period. Obviously, they have issues, but those issues do not excuse the crime; especially when you consider the nature in which it was carried out. Be careful out there folks.

  • ron


  • kyle

    More gay on gay crime.

  • Gayeve

    no offence but another black man and a latino on a HATE CRIME KILLING……seems on the news for so many times ruining black peoples image

  • CBRad

    It’s not a good idea to hire caretakers with criminal histories. (Unless Laubach somehow didn’t know).

  • Aiden

    @Gayeve: Yep, just like Santurom, Gingrich, and Romney are ruining white mens image. Oh wait, their race doesn’t matter, right?

  • Dave

    Gayeve-The one black guy was ghetto and the other guy was Dominican what do you expect?

  • Huh ...

    @Gayeve: @Dave:

    Race trolls!

  • kuy

    Queerty should start being more strict with racist comments.

  • scott ny'er

    @CBRad: This is the big issue here. Hiring caretakers is a really tough thing to do. Trying to find someone who is competent and won’t rob you (or your loved one), kill you, etc… it’s sadly a tough thing to accomplish.

    People who don’t have kids, who are single, with no loved ones… are in big trouble. Nobody is around to take care of them when they become incapacitated. And any assets they have are ripe for the picking. It’s a sad thing.

  • Paul

    Ha ha, Juan Carlos reminds me of a Conehead.

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