Day 4: Mina to Loyd: 'Be a man. Turn yourself in.'

By News 13 Team Coverage,
Last Updated: Friday, January 13, 2017, 6:44 PM EST

Orlando Police Chief John Mina on Thursday urged accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd to turn himself in and reassured the public that they shouldn't be concerned, because there are hundreds of officers looking for him.

Loyd has been evading law enforcement since Monday, when police say he shot and killed Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton.

"We want him brought to justice," Mina said during Thursday's news conference. "We will definitely catch him. It’s just a matter of time."

Mina said that during the confrontation between Clayton and Loyd at the Wal-Mart on West Princeton Street, Clayton returned fire at Loyd, who investigators think was protected by a bulletproof vest. Officers have recovered some of Loyd's clothing, including pants and a shirt. Evidence at the scene indicated Loyd was wearing the bulletproof vest, Mina said.

“He continued to shoot her even after she was down on the ground. And that’s all I’ll say about that,” Mina said.

Mina and Barb Bergin of Crimeline said the agencies have received more than 800 tips in the case and expect that to top 1,000 soon.

“We want the community to call us. We believe someone will know who he is, someone will want that $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest,” Mina said. “The reward is for information leading to the arrest. We don’t want people going out there and taking this into their own hands. They don’t get the reward if they do that. All we want is an anonymous phone call telling us where he is, and we will do the rest.”

Mina wouldn't comment on the Orange County Sheriff's Office arrests of three people associated with Loyd who are accused of helping him while he evades authorities, nor was he aware of any charges in the crash involving Deputy Norman Lewis, who was part of the law enforcement search for Loyd on Monday when a minivan collided with him.

“Turn yourself in right now," Mina said, directed at Loyd. "Be a man, turn yourself in. Face what’s coming to you.”

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags at half staff Friday in honor of Clayton and Lewis.

Haines City Police: Markeith Loyd might have family in the area

The Haines City Police Department in a Facebook post stated investigators are asking for the public's help to locate Markeith Loyd.

Loyd is reported to have family in the Haines City area and is considered armed and dangerous. 

Anyone with information about Loyd's whereabouts is asked to contact the Haines City Police Department at 863-421-3636 or Crimestoppers at 800-423-TIPS (8477).

Bond granted for 2 of 3 accused of helping Loyd

Bond was granted Thursday morning for the niece and ex-girlfriend of Markeith Loyd, both of whom are accused of helping the suspected Orlando cop-killer evade law enforcement.

Lakensha Smith-Loyd, 27, Loyd's niece, was granted a $750,000 bond during her court appearance. She was arrested Wednesday on charges she helped Loyd by picking up money for him Saturday, Jan. 7, at the restaurant at which he worked, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

Jameis Slaughter, a former girlfriend of Loyd who was also arrested Wednesday, was granted a $500,000 bond for charges that she helped Loyd evade police and a $5,000 bond for charges that she gave a false name to law enforcement.

A third person arrested in connection with the case, Zarghee Mayan, 33, was arrested Tuesday night. Mayan, a coworker of Loyd's, is accused of giving "inconsistent statements" to authorities about the 41-year-old Loyd, according to his arrest affidavit released Wednesday.

Markeith Loyd is wanted in connection with the slaying of Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, who was shot at an Orlando Wal-Mart as she confronted him about the Dec. 13, 2016 shooting death of Loyd's pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon.

In an arrest affidavit, deputies said that Smith-Loyd had reached out to them to say she knew where her uncle was but ultimately became uncooperative. At some point, she tried to give money to her uncle, the report said. Deputies say Slaughter had come to Loyd's home in mid-December to collect rent money, and her car was spotted at the Wal-Mart where Clayton was gunned down less than 2 hours after the shooting.

Mayan, Smith-Loyd and Slaughter all face charges of accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. Slaughter also is charged with giving a false name adversely affecting another.

Anyone with information on Loyd's location is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). The reward for information is $100,000, the largest reward ever offered by Crimeline.

Funeral information

The funeral for Orange County Sheriff's Office Deputy First Class Norman Lewis will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Parkway. There will also be a funeral service in Port Charlotte, which is Lewis' hometown.

On Thursday the sheriff's office led a procession for the falled deputy to First Baptist Church of Orlando. 

The family held a private viewing before it was opened to the public. 

“When I tell you, when you hear other people describing Norman, they are spot on," said UCF Knights teammate Frisner Nelson. "Really the nicest person you will ever meet. He would do anything for anybody."

On Saturday, the funeral for Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton will be held at 2 p.m., also at First Baptist Church of Orlando.

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