A fast food stop proved to be the demise of Steve Stephens.
Stephens — who had fled Cleveland after gunning down Robert Godwin Sr. on Easter Sunday — stopped at an Erie, Pa. McDonald’s at around 11 a.m. Tuesday to order 20 McNuggets and a large french fries.
A vigilant drive-thru attendant recognized the 37-year-old crazed gunman and quickly notified police. To burn time, workers at the fast food chain told Stephens the french fries weren’t ready.
“We told him his fries were going to be a minute,” said Henry Sayers, the restaurant’s manager, reported GoErie.
Said the franchise owner Thomas DuCharme Jr.: “I am pretty sure he figured out that we were on to him. He didn’t want to wait for his fries.”
“‘I can’t wait! I need my McNuggets!'” an impatient Stephens said before leaving the establishment without the fries.
As he pulled out of the parking lot, state police spotted his white Ford Fusion and made an attempt to pull him over. A brief pursuit ensued, which came to end when Stephens pulled over and committed suicide.
Before Stephens’ death, a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest was made available to the public. The employees could now possibly cash in on the hefty reward, TMZ reported.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said: “There is an award up to $50,000 for the arrest of Mr. Steve Stephens. The money comes from the FBI, ATF and U.S. Marshal Service.”
Police sources told the entertainment website that the employees played a major role in the case and should be in line to procure the money.
Stephens was on authorities radar after he shot Godwin in the head on April 16. Stephens’ random act of violence stemmed from the dissolution of his relationship with Joy Lane, according to several Facebook posts.
The search for Stephens expanded five states, including Pennsylvania, where he was known to gamble at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino.
“Absolutely not. We have not seen him since early March,” casino spokesperson Jennifer See said Tuesday.
Investigators are still trying to piece together a timeline as to when Stephens arrived in Pennsylvania.