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MARTIN COUNTY -- Martin County Sheriff William D. Snyder announced the May 23 arrest of three men in connection with the attempted murder and robbery of 49-year old Timothy Michael Bowker, a cab driver from Port St. Lucie.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, including members of the Martin County Sheriff's Office and Martin County Sheriff's Major Crimes detectives, traveled to Orlando and apprehended 22-year old Lawrence Flood Jr., who has been charged with attempted first degree murder and armed robbery.
According to reports, Mr. Flood was just about to board the monorail to Disney World as detectives arrested him. Arrested earlier, were Nicholas Monaco, 21, of Ft. Pierce, and John Cilluffo, 25, of Jensen Beach. Mr. Cilluffo and Mr. Monoco have been charged with aggravated battery and armed robbery.
On May 17, Mr. Bowker was robbed, beaten and stabbed inside his cab around midnight as he waited outside a Jensen Beach business in anticipation of picking up a customer who called in for a ride. That customer, who falsely identified himself as Asony Moore, was actually Lawrence Flood Jr.
When the victim arrived for the pick-up, the three men brutally beat, then robbed him.
The victim suffered major injuries after being stabbed repeatedly around the head and neck.
"The attack on Mr. Bowker, who was simply trying to work hard and earn a living for his family, was one of the most brutal and vicious attacks I have ever seen," said Sheriff William D. Snyder. "We traveled to Orlando to make sure that every last suspect involved in this brutal crime was located and arrested."
Mr. Cilluffo and Mr. Monaco are being held at the Martin County jail. Mr. Flood was transported back to Martin County by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.