Day 2: Hundreds searching for Markeith Loyd; reward at $100,000

By News 13 Team Coverage,
Last Updated: Friday, April 14, 2017, 1:05 PM EDT

This story was last posted: 11:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

The reward for information leading to the capture of Markeith Loyd has been raised to $100,000, authorities announced Tuesday — more than 24 hours after an Orlando Police officer was shot and killed outside of a Wal-Mart.

At a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Crimeline's Barb Bergin said the agency has received more than 300 tips since Monday. They average about 1,000 tips per month.

"If you're listening or watching us right now, you need to pick the phone up because no one else ... should be hurt by this man," Bergin said.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Orlando Police Chief John Mina were also at the news conference.

Demings said agencies are working together to get arrest warrants signed for people accused of helping Loyd avoid capture since December.

Mina said authorities wouldn't discuss any details on where they think Loyd might be.

"We want the community to know that it's safe to go about their day-to-day activities," Mina said, adding that anyone coming across law enforcement activity should avoid the area.

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.

Meanwhile, the manhunt is centered at Brookside Apartments on Cinderlane Parkway in the Rosemont neighborhood of Orlando, where people and vehicles were being turned away.

Orlando Police teams have searched hundreds of apartments at the complex, Mina said. SWAT team members are at the scene — News 13 will not reveal any of their tactical locations for their safety.

Tim Arnold lives in the apartment complex and was told by authorities to remain inside.

“About 8 o’clock in the morning, I opened my back blind and I saw every cop on Earth that couldn’t get in on Cinderlane Parkway with assault rifles,” Arnold said.

“I've never seen so many assault rifles in my life, not even in Lethal Weapon movies.”

Other residents were reassured by the law enforcement presence.

“They were polite, they were very polite. And they just wanted to search the apartment, and they checked everything to make sure he wasn’t hiding in the area, but they didn’t find anything,” Loretha Chandler said.

“I’m not afraid. I would sleep on my porch tonight if I wanted to. ... They were walking around here all night long. I’m not afraid,” Arnold said.

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.

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

An official GoFundMe page has been set up to help Clayton's family.

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Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for Markeith Loyd, the man accused in the shooting death of Orlando Police officer Master Sgt. Debra Clayton on Monday.

On Tuesday morning, Clayton's patrol vehicle was parked outside Orlando Police Department headquarters in her honor.

A candlelight vigil was held for the law enforcement officers at the Wal-Mart on Princeton Street, where Clayton was fatally shot.

It all started just after 7 a.m. Monday, when the 43-year-old Clayton tried to make contact with Loyd at the Wal-Mart when he allegedly shot her, police said.

Clayton, a 17-year veteran with the Orlando Police Department, was able to return fire, but it is not thought that Loyd, 41, was hit.

After the Wal-Mart shooting, Loyd was spotted in a vehicle on North Lane and Pine Hills Drive by a Sheriff's Office deputy.

When Loyd pulled into the apartment complex, he allegedly shot at the deputy and also struck his unmarked Sheriff's Office vehicle twice, officials said. The deputy was not injured.

Clayton was not the only fatality Monday. Orange County Sheriff's Office motorcycle deputy Norman Lewis was involved in a crash with a minivan on Balboa Drive and Pine Hills Road while he was involved with the manhunt.

The minivan's driver pulled into the path of 35-year-old Lewis' motorcycle, according to troopers. Lewis was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition, officials said, where he died.

Charges are pending against 78-year-old Billie Jarrard, the minivan's driver, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said.

On Tuesday, there were flowers at the intersection where Lewis lost his life.

The manhunt caused more than two dozen public and private schools to be placed on lockdown during the search for Loyd, who is also accused in the December shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, 24.

According to investigators, Dixon was three months' pregnant, broken up with Loyd and living with her parents when Loyd came to the family's front door late Dec. 13. That’s when police say he shot and killed Dixon and turned the gun on her 26-year-old brother, Ronald Stewart, who was trying to help her.

Stewart's family said Tuesday that he is still hospitalized after being shot five times in almost every limb and the chest.

Officials describe Loyd as armed and dangerous and warned the public not to approach him but to call 911 immediately.