Po­lice ac­cuse 2 of help­ing fugi­tive be­fore of­fi­cer’s killing

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - NEWS - By Mike Sch­nei­der

Po­lice lead­ing a mas­sive man­hunt for the sus­pected killer of an Or­lando of­fi­cer on Wed­nes­day col­lected hun­dreds of tips and an­nounced the ar­rests of two peo­ple who al­legedly aided the fugi­tive, promis­ing to re­ward any­one who turns him in, and pun­ish any­one who helps him hide.

Court records show that Markeith Loyd’s niece, 27-year-old Lak­en­sha Smith-Loyd, was ar­rested on an ac­ces­sory charge Wed­nes­day, a day after the fugi­tive’s su­per­vi­sor at a fried chicken restau­rant, Zarghee Mayan, was ar­rested on the same charge.

Mayan’s ar­rest af­fi­davit said Smith-Loyd col­lected money from him to give to her un­cle in the days after the slay­ing of his ex-girl­friend in mid-De­cem­ber.

Smith-Loyd’s af­fi­davit says she con­tacted deputies after the ex-girl­friend’s mur­der and promised to help them find her un­cle if they first told her whether a firearm had been re­cov­ered from the mur­der scene. Then she stopped co­op­er­at­ing even as she con­tacted oth­ers on her un­cle’s be­half, the af­fi­davit said.

Mayan is ac­cused of sup­ply­ing restau­rant food to his for­mer co-worker, driv­ing him around and of­fer­ing him money, de­spite know­ing he was wanted in the slay­ing his preg­nant ex-girl­friend, the af­fi­davit said.

“Mayan did so with the in­tent that Markeith De­mang­zlo Loyd avoid or es­cape de­tec­tion, ar­rest, trial or pun­ish­ment,” the ar­rest af­fi­davit said.

Mayan told au­thor­i­ties his most re­cent en­counter with Loyd was last Satur­day, two days be­fore Master Sgt. De­bra Clay­ton was fa­tally shot in a Wal-Mart park­ing lot. Mayan said he no­ticed that Loyd was armed and wear­ing body ar­mor when they em­braced, ac­cord­ing to his ar­rest af­fi­davit.

Dur­ing an­other en­counter, right after Loyd’s ex-girl­friend was killed in mid-De­cem­ber, Mayan said Loyd came into the restau­rant with a gun, pointed at Mayan and said, “‘Drive me or I will kill you, I just did some­thing real bad,’” the af­fi­davit said.

Mayan said he drove Loyd to sev­eral lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the home of Loyd’s es­tranged wife, where Loyd told him to knock on the door. Mayan said he only walked to the door with­out knock­ing be­cause he was afraid Lloyd would shoot her, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, which noted that Mayan told con­flict­ing sto­ries about his en­coun­ters with Loyd.

Or­lando Po­lice Chief John Mina, mean­while has warned that any­one help­ing Loyd “will be put be­hind bars and brought to jus­tice as well.”

JOHN RAOUX — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A wreath and flow­ers sur­round Or­lando po­lice of­fi­cer De­bra Clay­ton’s pa­trol car in front of po­lice head­quar­ters Tues­day in Or­lando, Fla. Clay­ton was killed Mon­day.

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