Lawrence Flood Jr., Nicholas Monaco, John Cilluffo: 3 men arrested after cab driver attack
1:48 PM, May 23, 2013
7:21 PM, May 23, 2013
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. - Three men were arrested in connection with the attempted murder and robbery of Timothy Michael Bowker, 49, a cab driver from Port St. Lucie, according to Martin County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities say U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Martin County Sheriff's Office, and Martin County Sheriff's Major Crimes detectives traveled to Orlando on Thursday morning and apprehended 22-year-old Lawrence Flood Jr.
Flood is charged with attempted 1 st degree murder and armed robbery charges. Detectives say Flood was just about to board the monorail to Disney World as he was arrested.
Earlier, authorities also arrested 21-year-old Nicholas Monaco of Ft. Pierce, and 25-year-old John Cilluffo of Jensen Beach.
Cilluffo and Monoco have been charged with aggravated battery and armed robbery.
Timothy Bowker was robbed, beaten and stabbed inside his cab Thursday, May 17 th ,according to authorities.
Bowker remains in stable condition at the hospital, according to investigators.
49- year-old Bowker, from Port St. Lucie, makes a living through his independent cab business, promoted as an affordable 'designated driver service'. "He'd take anybody, no problem, no question," said Robert Hackney, a bartender at The Boardwalk restaurant and bar.
There have been no rides from Bowker since Friday night because he is in a hospital bed fighting to recover from what the Martin County Sheriff's Office calls a 'brutal' beating, stabbing and robbery.
"He was attacked. He was stabbed several times. He was in ICU. It's pretty sad," said Jensen Beach resident Mark Postlethwaite.
Deputies confirmed that Bowker was bleeding from his head and face, the result of a stabbing.
"People you pick up at that time of night, you never know what you're going to get, I'm sure," said Ivan Terhue, a bartender at Mulligan's in Jensen Beach.