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Employer, niece arrested on charges of aiding suspected cop killer

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 1/11/2017
Booking photo of Zarghee Mayan. © Orange County Jail Booking photo of Zarghee Mayan.

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando man and woman were arrested after law enforcement said they helped Markeith Loyd evade police after the slaying of Loyd’s pregnant ex-girlfriend, according to court documents.

Zarghee Mayan, 33, was arrested Tuesday night on a charge of accessory to first-degree murder after the fact, according to Orange County Jail records. Loyd's niece, 27-year-old Lakensha Smith-Loyd, was arrested on the same charge Wednesday afternoon.

Loyd is also wanted in the Monday slaying of Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton.

Mayan is accused of helping Loyd avoid arrest after discovering Loyd had shot his ex-girlfriend Dec. 13, according to his arrest report. Mayan told investigators he was with Loyd after the ex-girlfriend’s shooting and as recently as Saturday, when Loyd was wearing a bulletproof vest and a pistol in his waistband.

Smith-Loyd allegedly went to collect $200 from Mayan for Loyd two days after police say Loyd killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend, 24-year-old Sade Dixon. Mayan told investigators he gave Loyd’s niece the money, which was “owed to him” for previous hours worked at the restaurant.

© Provided by KFOR-TV Loyd has been on the run since Dixon’s death. On Monday, authorities said he fatally shot Clayton as she attempted to arrest him outside the Wal-Mart on Princeton Street at John Young Parkway.

Smith-Loyd reportedly contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office sometime after Dixon was killed, informing them that she knew where Loyd was hiding. She told officers she thought Loyd was defending himself in the act, and would encourage him to turn himself in. She later became “uncooperative” with deputies, according to her arrest report.

Investigators interviewed Mayan twice after Dixon’s homicide, during which he gave “inconsistent statements,” according to an arrest report.

Mayan initially told investigators Dec. 14 that after Dixon’s killing, Loyd came to the Texas Fried Chicken restaurant Mayan manages and for which Loyd worked, ordering Mayan at gunpoint to drive him to a home near Lee Road between Edgewater Drive and Orange Blossom Trail.

Mayan told investigators Loyd said to him, “Drive me or I will kill you, I just did something real bad.” Mayan never showed detectives where he dropped off Loyd.

On Monday, the day Loyd is accused of killing Clayton, investigators again met with Mayan, who told them a different story of the events of Dec. 13. Mayan said he and a friend were buying marijuana at a house on Jackson Street when Loyd crept into his truck and made him drive to Loyd’s ex-wife’s home.

Mayan believed “Loyd was going to shoot her also,” according to the report. When no one answered the door, Mayan dropped Loyd off at another location. Mayan told deputies he thought Loyd was dangerous.

“Loyd told (Mayan) that he shot his girlfriend and he would shoot any cops if they tried to stop him,” according to the report.

Mayan, who initially denied having seen Loyd since the day of Dixon’s death, said he’d last been with Loyd on Saturday when he came to Texas Fried Chicken hungry. Mayan said he gave Loyd free food and hugged him, during which time he felt a bulletproof vest on Loyd and a gun in his waistband.

At no time did Mayan contact authorities about Loyd’s location, even though he knew his former employee was a wanted man.

On Dec. 19, Mayan’s Facebook page shared a video of a man screaming over 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 or not punish those who come forward.

Mayan was booked into the Orange County Jail about 9:20 p.m. without bond. Smith-Loyd had not yet been booked into the jail as of 3:30 p.m.

Mayan was arrested at the restaurant in 2011 after allegedly striking a 36-year-old man twice in the stomach with a piece of wood, the Orlando Sentinel reported in 2011.

Mayan has a criminal history in Orange County dating back to the 2011, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon incident, according to court records. However, most of his listed offenses are traffic-related.

Smith-Loyd has one prior arrest in Orange County from 2010 on a charge of uttering a forge check, according to court records.

Loyd remains on the loose, and Crimeline is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

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