BANGOR — A man wanted for murder in New York City may have been driving a gold minivan in the Penobscot County town of Eddington on Thursday, according to police.
Raymond Mayrant, 25, is a suspect in the slaying of Elzina Brown, the 59-year old mother of his girlfriend, police officials in New York said.
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 license plate number 87029A.
Border patrol officials and state police are working together in the event Mayrant may attempt to slip into Canada.
The Jan. 3 homicide was New York City’s first in 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.
Shelby Benson, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Houlton, said agents are on the alert and are collaborating 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.”
Augusta Deputy Police Chief Jared Mills said Thursday that Mayrant could be heading north. Prior to leaving the Motel 6, he is alleged to have asked a clerk whether he needed a passport to enter Canada.
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 had arrived, Mills said.
Police said Mayrant should be considered armed and dangerous.
Mayrant, whose last known address was in Queens, N.Y., is described as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.