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Minutes prior to leading police in Erie, Pennsylvania on a pursuit, Steve “Stevie” Stephens ordered a $5.35 meal from McDonald’s.
According to The New York Times, Stephens went through the drive thru at the restaurant on Buffalo Road in Erie and ordered a 20-piece order of Chicken McNuggets and a large order of French fries before pulling away.
The owner of the McDonald’s, Thomas DuCharme Jr., told GoErie’s Madeleine G. O’Neill about the incident. He said that an employee at drive thru recognized Stephens and notified him in the backroom. She got onto the phone with police and they tried to buy more time by hanging onto his order of fries. He told the employees that he “had to go” and drove out of the restaurant at a normal pace.
Watch a video of DuCharme explaining what below:
Harborcreek McDonalds owner Thomas DuCharme Jr. on what happened when Steve Stephens came through drive-thru today. https://t.co/dno3WAhFzg
— Madeleine G. O’Neill (@ETNoneill) April 18, 2017
Shortly after that, police responded to the tip and located Stephens’ white Ford Fusion. When Stephens took note of the police behind him, he led them on a short pursuit down Buffalo Road. A witness said the pursuit came to an end when one of the police cars rammed the back of his Fusion and spun it out.
Officers approached the car, but Stephens killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
There was a nationwide manhunt for Stephens, who shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. on April 16 and published a video of it on Facebook. Police believed that he was still in his Fusion and within a five-state radius, though they called it a nationwide hunt in a press conference April 17, offering up to $50,000 for a tip leading to his arrest.
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April 18, 2017 2:15 pm