By Mathew Katz and Wil Cruz
CHELSEA — The two suspects nabbed in the alleged slaying of a Chelsea event planner are expected to be extradited to the city Friday, an NYPD source said.
Edwin Faulkner and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera were taken into custody Thursday morning in Orlando for their suspected role in the killing of John Laubach.
Laubach, 57, was discovered dead in his apartment on West 22nd Street on March 2.
It remains unclear how Faulkner, 30, and Martinez-Herrera, 26, ended up in Orlando.
NYPD officials said in an email Thursday that the duo — who each have prior arrests in the city — were captured by the Orange County Sheriff's Office about 11:30 a.m. with the help of the NYPD's 10th Precinct, Manhattan South Homicide Squad and the department's Violent Felony Squad.
Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, however, said the department did not assist in the capture. And Allen Moore, a spokesman for the county's corrections department, said they had no records for Faulkner or Martinez-Herrera in their system.
"They've never been booked here nor by the Sheriff's Department," Moore said.
The NYPD maintained Friday that the county's sheriffs were involved.
Faulkner, who sources said has served three years in prison for grand larceny in addition to six arrests for drug possession and burglary, and Martinez-Herrera, who was arrested for an alleged robbery, have not been charged.