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Pennsylvania State Police look over a car as they investigate the scene where Steve Stephens, the suspect in the random killing of a Cleveland retiree posted on Facebook, was found shot dead Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Erie. Pa. Acting on a tip, Pennsylvania State Police spotted Stephens, 37, in Erie County, in the state's northwest corner, and went after him. After a brief chase, he took his own life, authorities said. GREG WOHLFORD/ERIE TIMES-NEWS

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

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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