As investigators asked to keep the suspected cop-killer Markeith Loyd in custody on Wednesday, police said he made one one major mistake on the run that finally led officers to his whereabouts.
Loyd, 41, turned up in an abandoned home in the Carver Shores area of Orlando more than a week after police said he shot and killed an officer — and a month after they suspected him of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend. He initially tried escaping through the back of the boarded-up house before surrendering in the front yard, Fox 35 reported.
Despite getting hundreds of tips, police said none of them led to Loyd. Instead, they tracked his phone, WTSP reported. Police said they initially believed he had turned it off, but eventually discovered that he had used his phone to send a series of texts.
An affidavit, filed with the Orange County Clerk of Courts, showed that officials wanted to make sure he remained in custody, as is customary for a fugitive facing murder charges. Loyd was recovering in the hospital.
The suspect put up a fight as police arrested him, law enforcement officials said. As officers walked a bloodied Loyd to the police station, he shouted at the cameras: “They beat me up!” Police said his injuries weren’t serious.
Loyd tossed two handguns on the ground, one of which could hold 100 bullets, Fox 35 added.
Loyd was accused in the Jan. 9 killing of Lt. Debra Clayton outside a Walmart store and in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, last month. Investigators said he killed the officer when she tried to take him into custody.
The arrest was the result of the tireless efforts of hundreds of officers, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. “They’ve basically been living in their vehicles, using the bathroom in their vehicles, to try and do everything they could to bring justice for the Dixon family and for the Clayton family.”
The man who was believed to have helped him is also in custody as well.
UPDATE: Markeith Lloyd’s now in court
He is now raging against the system and the judge in court. Markeith Lloyd’s claiming sovereign citizen status.