Man charged with helping fugitive before officer's killing

A flag flies a half mast, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla., in front of a Wal-Mart where Orlando police officer Debra Clayton was shot and killed. A manhunt continues as law enforcement officials search for the suspect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A fried chicken restaurant supervisor 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 ex-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.

During another encounter, right after Loyd’s pregnant ex-girlfriend was killed in mid-December, Mayan said Loyd came into the restaurant with a gun, pointed at Mayan and said, “‘Drive me or I will kill you, I just did something real bad,'” the affidavit said.

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 particularly important, since others may be helping him hide.

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