Unwitting Mainers give NYC homicide suspect a lift


AUGUSTA (AP) — An unsuspecting father and daughter gave a New York City homicide suspect a ride to Maine, where he stole their car and remained on the lam Thursday, police said.

Raymond Mayrant, 25, of New York, was last seen early Wednesday at a Motel 6, where he’d inquired about whether a passport is needed to cross into Canada, police said.

The father and daughter, who’d been visiting family in the New York area, apparently met Mayrant while asking for directions in Connecticut, gave him a lift to Maine in their car and invited him into their home for a meal before dropping him off at the motel, police Sgt. Richard Dubois told WZON-AM.

The next morning, they discovered the car was gone.

Mayrant is accused of shooting his girlfriend and her mother on Jan. 3 during an argument, police said. The mother, Elzina Brown, died, becoming New York’s first homicide victim of 2013.