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Markeith Loyd arrested: ‘We’ve got him!’ police say

  • Orlando Police: Markeith Loyd taken into custody
  • Markeith Loyd is in custody, Orlando Police announced Tuesday night.
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  • Orlando Police announced Tuesday evening that it had taken suspected cop-killer Markeith Loyd in custody.
  • Orlando Police have announced an 8:30 p.m. news conference to discuss Loyd’s capture.

Markeith Loyd is in custody, Orlando Police announced Tuesday night.

@BN9: Suspected Orlando cop-killer Markeith Loyd taken into custody. More details to come:

ORLANDO — 

Markeith Loyd is in custody, Orlando Police announced Tuesday night.

Loyd had been the subject of a massive manhunt in connection to the slaying of an Orlando Police officer just more than a week ago. He also was accused in the December shooting death of his ex-girlfriend.

At the Orange County Jail, officers were setting up a perimeter in preparation for Loyd’s arrival. Orlando Police have announced an 8:30 p.m. news conference to discuss Loyd’s capture.

Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Service had put Loyd on its 15 most wanted list and added $25,000 to the reward for information leading to his arrest.

Hours later, Orlando Police announced his capture.

Police said Tuesday that Loyd may have changed his appearance and released a fuller physical description of the man wanted in connection with the slaying of Lt. Debra Clayton: Loyd is between 6 foot and 6-foot-3 inches and between 180 and 200 pounds. He has a raised scar on his left hand and may have shaved his head.

Police and Crimeline were offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Loyd, the largest reward in Crimeline history. The Marshals Service brought that up to $125,000.

“We are never going to give up on the search for Markeith Loyd,” Police Chief John Mina said on the ninth day of the manhunt.

About 1,400 tips came into Crimeline.

“We just need that right piece of information to bring it all together, to bring him into custody,” Mina said.

Zarghee Mayan, the first of three people accused of helping Loyd, was arrested and charged for giving “inconsistent statements” about seeing Loyd and giving him money.

Lyle Mazin, Mayan’s attorney, said Mayan was never trying to help Loyd elude or escape capture. Mazin said his client is entitled to a reasonable bond of less than $10,000 and will ask for that at a Wednesday hearing.

“We’re talking about locking up a man because an armed person in a tactical vest and a gun asked him to give him money that he owed and then he didn’t charge him for chicken,” Mazin said. “And that’s why he’s charged with this case.”

When asked whether the situation was that simple, Mazin replied: “That’s the sad part, it’s that simple.”

Mayan’s bond hearing will take place Wednesday at the Orange County Courthouse.

Markeith Loyd arrested: ‘We’ve got him!’ police say

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