AUGUSTA, Maine — A man wanted for murder in New York City is believed to be on the lam in Maine, and police are searching for him and a vehicle he allegedly stole near an Augusta motel.
Raymond Mayrant, 25, is a suspect in the slaying of Elzina Brown, the 59-year-old mother of Mayrant’s girlfriend, according to a New York City police spokeswoman.
Mayrant is a black male born on Aug. 20, 1987, according to a wanted poster released by the New York City Police Department. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address was in Queens, N.Y.
The incident, New York City’s first homicide of 2013, occurred on Jan. 3, the spokeswoman said.
Mayrant had gotten as far north as Augusta as of Wednesday, according to Deputy Chief Jared Mills of the Augusta Police Department. He had spent one night at a Motel 6 in the city before checking out Wednesday morning, Mills said.
Upon leaving, Mayrant stole a black, 1998, four-door Nissan Altima from a nearby parking lot, according to Augusta police. Police believe he may be heading farther north, as he allegedly asked a hotel clerk if he needed a passport to enter Canada.
“We’ve let all our fellow officers throughout the state know what’s going on,” Mills said. “There has been discussion he has been traveling north.”
Police discovered Mayrant was wanted for murder when his name was run after he was named as a suspect in the vehicle theft, Mills said. He was gone by the time police had arrived in the area of the Motel 6 on Edison Drive.
“Had we been [at the scene] a little bit earlier, we may have been able to find him,” Mills said.
The vehicle Mayrant allegedly stole has the Maine license plate 3883 TK, according to Mills. Police consider him to be armed and dangerous.
Neither the suspect nor his vehicle had been found as of Thursday afternoon, Mills said. He is warning the general public not to approach Mayrant or the vehicle if they are seen.
“He is considered dangerous,” Mills said. “Call 911 immediately if you see him or the vehicle.”
Mills said officials at Canadian checkpoints throughout the state also have been notified should Mayrant attempt to cross the border.
“Every agency in Maine and New England and nationwide have been informed of his last sighting,” Mills said.
BDN writer Andrew Neff contributed to this report.