Cops On Hunt For 2 Ex-Cons Wanted For Murder Of Chelsea Man


Cops are on the hunt for two men wanted for the strangulation death of a Chelsea insurance executive.

Authorities say Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, 26, and Edwin Faulkner, 30, bound and gagged John Robert Laubach with electrical cords inside his fourth-floor apartment.

The men strangled Laubach, 57, to death and ransacked his West 22nd apartment, stealing a laptop, credit cards and ATM cards.

Martinez-Herrera and Faulkner were also caught on surveillance camera using the victim's ATM card at a nearby bank on 14th Street.

A trusted friend of Laubach's, who had a key to the apartment, was the one to discover his lifeless body sprawled on the bedroom floorjust before 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2.

Laubach, who was known for his love of life and interest in exotic birds, had suffered a stroke and the two men were hired as his caretakers.

Martinez-Herrera and Faulkner both have extensive criminal records and both have spent time in jail in upstate New York and Florida.

Martinez-Herrera is described as Hispanic, about 5' 8" tall and 160 lbs. Faulkner is described as black, about 5' 9" tall and 140 lbs.

Anyone with any information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. Tipsters can also submit information at or by texting CRIMES (274637) then entering TIP577.

All calls are confidential.

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