Informant led authorities to Floyd

May 8, 2008 9:48:57 PM PDT
Eric Floyd and his girlfriend, Tonya Stephens, were still awaiting arraignment late Thursday.

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.

The third suspect in the murder of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski is facing a slew of additional charges pertaining to the carjacking of the Jeep Liberty used in last week's bank robbery.

Floyd offered no resistance when a team of heavily armed swat officers stormed the abandoned boarded up row home in the 5400 block of Windsor on Wednesday night.

It is believed they had been hiding out there without electricity or running water for the better part of the 5 days since Liczbinski's murder.

As part of a Philadelphia tradition, one of the slain officer's colleagues from the 24th district arrived to restrain Floyd using Liczbinski's handcuffs.

"I placed the cuffs on the suspect and informed him who I was and I represented the 24th district and that these cuffs were from Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski and the fact that he was under arrest for his murder," explained Sgt. Tim Simpson.

The arrest was made possible by former FBI agent Jessie Coleman, now retired and living in Maryland who late last night got a call from a long time informant.

"He told me, 'I know where the cop killer is right now,'" said Coleman.

Coleman wasted no time placing the informant in touch with agents in Philadelphia directly involved in the investigation.

"It seems like maybe 20 minutes later, I'm back on the sofa and I get a phone call from both of those guys saying we got him and I celebrated," he said.

It would mark the end of a tumultuous five days in Philadelphia with a small army of city, state and federal officers seemingly looking under every rock for this guy.

"Everybody's pushing for this guy to be caught before the funeral and to have it actually happen was one of the most satisfying things I did," said Coleman.

Never at a loss for words, Commissioner Chuck Ramsey summed up Floyd's dramatic capture saying it was for Stephen Liczbinski and his family.

"It doesn't bring him back, but it brings some measure of closure as we go into two very difficult days," said Ramsey.

Coleman said it was the 150-thousand dollar reward that brought the informant forward.


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