Suspected killer’s McDonald’s trip helped police find him

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When Steve Stephens, who is accused of killing a man then posting the video to Facebook, stopped for some nuggets, astute employees contacted police and attempted to delay his departure.

Madeleine O’Neill and Tim Hahn // Gatehouse Media Pennsylvania

Steve Stephens’ taste for McDonald’s helped the Pennsylvania State Police catch the accused Facebook killer in Erie, according to GoErie.com.

 

Employees at the McDonald’s on Buffalo Road, in Harborcreek Township, said a drive-through attendant alerted state police when Stephens stopped at the restaurant’s drive-through window shortly after 11 a.m.

 

The McDonald’s is about five miles east of where state police stopped Stephens in Erie.

 

Thomas DuCharme Jr., owner and operator of the McDonald’s, said the attendant thought she recognized Stephens. DuCharme said the attendant then called state police.

 

DuCharme said Stephens ordered 20 chicken nuggets and a basket of fries, but that the workers held off on delivering the fries to delay Stephens. He said Stephens got the nuggets.

 

“We told him his fries were going to be a minute,” said Henry Sayers, the restaurant’s manager.

 

Said DuCharme: “I am pretty sure he figured out that we were on to him. He didn’t want to wait for his fries.”

 

He said Stephens then drove away without the fries.

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