Suspect in officer murder due in court

May 8, 2008 4:51:44 PM PDT
The final suspect in the murder of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski is facing arraignment Thursday evening. 33-year-old Eric Floyd was captured late Wednesday night in Southwest Philadelphia.

We will bring you special LIVE coverage of Sergeant Liczbinski's funeral on Friday. We invite you to join us on 6abc and as a city says goodbye.

Philadelphia police cornered Floyd in the 5400 block of Windsor. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said a tip led investigators to a vacant house where they found Floyd and his girlfriend.

Both were taken into custody without a struggle. In a symbolic move, officers used Sgt. Liczbinski's handcuffs to to restrain Floyd as he was led to a police wagon from the 24th district, where Sgt. Liczbinski served.

The girlfriend, 37-year-old Tonya Lynne stephens, has been charged with obstructing justice, hindering apprehension, and conspiracy.

Floyd had been the focus of an intense manhunt since Saturday when Sgt. Liczbinski was shot to death.

Liczbinski, who was just 3 days shy of his 40th birthday, encountered Floyd and two other suspects in a dark-colored jeep on the 2500 block of E. Schiller street, after the hold up of a Bank of America branch inside the Shop Rite supermarket at 3547 Aramingo Avenue.

That's when police say 33-year-old Howard Cain drew a chinese-made SK rifle and fired shots at Liczbinski, fatally wounding the officer.

Cain was shot and killed during a confrontation with Police. A second suspect, 38-year-old Levon Warner, was arrested and later confessed.

Floyd's arrest came hours after the FBI released an enhanced photo of the wanted suspect, and Philadelphia police released surveillance video from the bank robbery.

A reward for Floyd's capture grew to $150,000 while a small army of city, state and federal officers searched up and down the East Coast looking for him.

Police spent countless hours tracking down leads and questioning relatives of Floyd, including his mother. She reportedly admitted that she had spoken to her son while he was on the run.

Investigators also arrested the uncle of Howard Cain, the suspect who was shot and killed during the confrontation with police on Saturday. Forty-nine-year-old Mitchell Cain, of West Philadelphia, was charged with carjacking the Jeep used in the failed robbery getaway.

A viewing for Sgt. Liczbinski will be held Thursday evening. A second viewing will follow Friday morning, prior to his funeral mass.

Bensalem schools will dismiss early tomorrow to help ease the expected crush of traffic from the procession.

Liczbinski, a 12-year veteran of the department, is survived by his wife Michele, sons Matt and Stephen, and daughter Amber.


Funeral Arrangements for Sgt. Liczbinski

Thursday's viewing begins at 6 p.m.
John F. Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.
Academy Road Philadelphia, Pa. 19154
(215) 281-0100

Second viewing on Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Mass immediately following the viewing

Burial at Resurrection Cemetery
5201 Hulmeville Road
Bensalem, Pa.

You can make donations out to:
Stephen Liczbinski family memorial trust fund
Police & Fire Federal Credit Union
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19107