SILVER RIDGE, Maine — A Silver Ridge woman on Saturday described the man who allegedly killed two people, shot three others and battered another as a “loose cannon” and said one of the victims reported the man had come to her home before choosing to move on.
Katie Sell learned from a neighbor who had called 911 for Kary Mayo, who Anthony Lord allegedly assaulted, that Lord had told Mayo before or during the assault he had first gone to Sell’s home. Sell believes her two dogs, a pit bull-German shepherd mix and a smaller Husky-mix, may have scared him off.
“My dog started barking crazily around 3 a.m. and they never do that,” she said during a telephone interview. “I did not have the door locked, and I did not hear anyone try to open the door or anything. He knew me, he knew where I lived. He could’ve just opened the door if he wanted to and come on in, but he didn’t.”
Lord was arrested without incident after an intense manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies in northern Penobscot and southern Aroostook counties.
Maine State Police took Lord, 35, of Crystal and Houlton into custody about 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Houlton residence of his uncle. Police said Lord, a convicted sex offender who was taken to the Aroostook County Jail, will face two murder charges and a kidnapping charge. Other charges are expected.
Killed were Kevin Tozier, 58, of Lee and Kyle Hewitt, 22, formerly of Caribou, according to Stephen McCausland, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman. Kim Irish, 55, Carlton Eddy of Benedicta and Clayton McCarthy, 54, of Mattawamkeag suffered gunshot wounds and “are expected to survive,” McCausland said.
Mayo of Silver Ridge Township reportedly was tied to a chair and beaten, and police say Lord took Mayo’s vehicle and weapon before starting the shooting spree.
Lord also kidnapped Brittany Irish, 21, who police said he knew. She was released unharmed when Lord was arrested in Houlton. He also is suspected of setting fire to a barn at the home of Kim Irish, Brittany’s mother, on Aroostook Road, before driving off with her daughter, according to police.
Hewitt, who formerly lived in Caribou, was the boyfriend of Brittany Irish. He was an employee at the Bangor Best Buy and the store was offering grief counseling for his co-workers, Best Buy spokeswoman Carly Charlson said in a Saturday email.
Sell said she knew Lord, but did not consider him a friend. She said he used to rent a trailer from Kary Mayo’s grandfather, Bob Mayo, and was her neighbor for a short time. Bob Mayo is now deceased, she said.
“It’s a small town, and he was someone that you wanted to avoid,” she said Saturday evening. “He is a loose cannon and someone you never wanted to really go near, not just because he committed so many crimes but because they were violent crimes.”
She said she did not find out about the alleged crimes against Mayo until she awoke Friday and found out from her neighbor and saw the police.
Sell said she was shocked about what Lord allegedly did to Mayo, as she believed Mayo and Lord were friends. She also said she thought Lord was “pretty close” to him.
She said she thought Lord attacked Mayo because he knew Mayo had guns in his home.
She described Mayo as a “kind, generous, hardworking” individual, the father of a young son who often played with her children.
Sell said Lord was married approximately seven years ago to a young Russian woman he met on the Internet. Sell said the marriage did not last long and that his then-wife was unhappy in Maine. Sell said she had given her a ride to the airport so she could go back to her parents in Washington state.
On Saturday evening, Sell said she believed her dogs saved her life.
“I am feeling very grateful to them,” she said of her dogs, Butterball and Lulu.
Lord, who is being held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton, is scheduled to make his first appearance before a judge in Houlton at 11:30 a.m. Monday.