Three arrested for helping suspect accused of shooting Orlando police officer
Jan 12 2017 by Larry Hoffman
Lakensha Smith-Loyd, 27, who is Markeith Loyd's niece, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of accessory.
Loyd allegedly came into the Texas Fried Chicken restaurant Mayan manages wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a pistol in his waistband.
Loyd, 41, is wanted in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon, 24, who was pregnant at the time of her death.
In an arrest affidavit, deputies said that between the time Dixon was killed and Wednesday, Smith-Loyd had reached out to them to say she knew where her uncle was.
Mayan told investigators Loyd said to him, "Drive me or I will kill you, I just did something real bad".
Just over a month later, police said Loyd did indeed kill the girlfriend, reportedly after she broke up with him. While Mayan drove Loyd around, Loyd said he shot his girlfriend "and he would (shoot) any cops if they tried to stop him", the affidavit said.
At his first court appearance Wednesday morning, Mayan was ordered held without bond as an accessory after-the-fact to murder.
Authorities raised the reward for information leading to his arrest from $60,000 to $100,000.
In Mayan's arrest affidavit, deputies said Smith-Loyd met with Mayan at the fried chicken restaurant to pickup money that was owed to Loyd.
"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 it at Mayan and said, "'Drive me or I will kill you.
On Dec. 19, Mayan's Facebook page shared a video of a man screaming - while watching a television broadcast of Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings - that people will not give law enforcement tips because no one trusts them to keep sources anonymous.
Before his interrogation, Mayan, 33, of Orlando, never contacted authorities about Loyd's location, though he knew there was arrest warrant for his former employee, according to an arrest report.
Smith-Loyd's affidavit said she contacted deputies after the ex-girlfriend's death and promised to help them find her uncle if they first told her whether a firearm had been recovered from the scene of the slaying. Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Demings were among the people who attended a vigil at ICP Orlando, a bilingual Christian church, on Clarcona Ocoee Road.
He said Wednesday that he understands exactly what the family of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton is going through, and there is so much support out there.
"I was blown away by that", he said.
Hours after Clayton was shot, another officer, Orange County Sheriff's Deputy First Class Norman Lewis died in a traffic accident while searching for Loyd. Makeshift memorials have grown at locations in Orlando where Clayton's police vehicle and Lewis' police motorcycle are parked, WESH-TV, Orlando, reported.