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Cops Question Man In Chelsea Murder

By Mathew Katz | March 5, 2012 3:42pm | Updated on March 5, 2012 8:21pm
John Laubach
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CHELSEA — Police were questioning a man on Monday in connection with the alleged murder of a Chelsea event planner found dead in his apartment, according to NYPD officials.

Cops would not identify the person, but said he was being questioned in connection to the death of John Laubach, 57, whose body was found bound and gagged on Friday.

A police source said cops spotted the man on security footage from an elevator camera in Laubach's building.

Laubach was found bound by an electrical cord and gagged with tape, his face covered by a towel in his apartment at 212 W. 22nd St. on Friday.

Footage from a surveillance camera at a nearby bank showed also showed a man attempting to use Laubach's bank card at an ATM, according to a police source. It was unclear if the man using the card is the man police have in custody.

Cops are still searching for a second man seen in the footage, described as being in his 20's, the source said.

Cops have yet to identify either man as a suspect in the apparent murder.

Authorities have not yet determined Laubach's cause of death, saying it could take up to two weeks to determine.