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Man Arrested for Allegedly Helping Orlando Police Officer Shooting Suspect Evade Capture

An Orlando Police offer keeps watch on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at a pop-up memorial in front of a Pine Hills Wal-mart where an Orlando Police officer was killed by an assailant a day earlier.
Joe Burban—Orlando Sentinel/via Getty Images An Orlando Police offer keeps watch on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at a pop-up memorial in front of a Pine Hills Wal-mart where an Orlando Police officer was killed by an assailant a day earlier.

Zarghee Mayan is accused of supplying food and money to his former co-worker

(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A fried chicken restaurant worker has been arrested for allegedly helping a murder suspect evade capture before the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer.

Zarghee 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 girlfriend.

“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.

The 41-year-old ex-convict has been the focus of a massive manhunt involving hundreds of officers and deputies since Monday’s shooting. More than 500 tips have come in from the public, which authorities believe may be especially important, since others may be helping him hide.

Crimeline is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to Loyd’s arrest.

“If you know where he is at and you call us 3 o’clock in the morning, 3 o’clock in the afternoon, we will have people prepared to dispatch and go capture him,” said Barb Bergin, executive director of the local Crimeline.

Mayan, 33, was arrested Tuesday by Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a charge of accessory after the fact. Jail records show no bond had been set, and court records showed no name of a defense attorney listed for him.

Police Chief John Mina said federal, state and local authorities were taking part in the manhunt. Mina wouldn’t give details about search tactics but he said law enforcement agencies in Florida and around the nation are on alert.

“There are many things going on behind the scenes that our community is not aware of and that we are not at liberty to discuss,” Mina said.

After Clayton was shot, many of her colleagues immediately joined the pursuit; among them was a sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, who died when he was thrown from his motorcycle in an accident.

Funerals were planned for Lewis for Friday and Clayton for Saturday.

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