BANGOR, Maine — A man wanted for murder in New York City who spent a night at an Augusta motel has been taken into custody in Ohio, according to police.
Raymond Mayrant, 25, a suspect in the slaying of Elzina Brown, the 59-year old mother of his girlfriend, was apprehended Friday morning in the town of Warren, Ohio, near the Pennsylvania border, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.
A black Nissan Altima that Mayrant stole in Augusta was found in that town as well, McCausland said.
“I don’t have any further details,” the state police spokesman said Friday afternoon.
A Maine State Police dispatcher confirmed to the Bangor Daily News on Friday morning that an all-points bulletin was put out saying that Mayrant may have been spotted in Eddington on Thursday afternoon operating a minivan with Maine plates.
McCausland said that Mayrant was not in Maine on Friday.
Brown’s slaying on Jan. 3 was New York City’s first homicide of 2013.
Mayrant was last spotted in Augusta on Wednesday at a Motel 6, and stole a black Nissan Altima upon checking out of the hotel after a one-night stay, police said.
Augusta Deputy Police Chief Jared Mills said Thursday police believed that Mayrant might be heading north. Before leaving the Motel 6, he is alleged to have asked a clerk whether he needed a passport to enter Canada.
That prompted border protection officials to remain on alert in case Mayrant attempted to cross the border.
Shelby Benson, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Houlton, said border protection officials collaborated with Maine law enforcement.
“We do work with them on a daily basis, whether it’s local or state,” Benson said Friday. “In a situation like this, there are alerts that do go out to law enforcement across different states.”
Mayrant stole the Altima, which has Maine license plate number 3883 TK, near the Augusta motel after checking out and had left the scene by the time officers arrived, Mills said.