Alert McDonald's worker saw Cleveland suspect

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 18, 2017 2:54 PM


(Cleveland)__ A woman says the Cleveland man suspected in a random videotaped killing posted on Facebook nearly hit her as he left the Pennsylvania McDonald's restaurant where an employee recognized him and called 911.

Gail Wheeler, of Erie, was on her way home from a supermarket and was stopped at a red light when she says Steve Stephens came "whipping out" of the McDonald's parking lot. She says state police troopers weren't far behind.

Wheeler says she followed the pursuit and saw a state trooper "clip the back bumper" of Stephens' car to get him to stop. The car did a half-turn and came to rest against the curb.

That's when she says she heard a gunshot.

Police say Stephens shot and killed himself at the end of the pursuit.

An earlier story appears below.

(Erie) -- An alert McDonald's employee led Pennsylvania police to the suspect in a Cleveland slaying that was recorded and posted on Facebook.

Henry Sayers, the Erie restaurant's manager, tells reporters that Steve Stephens pulled up to the drive-thru Tuesday morning and ordered a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and french fries.

He says the attendant recognized Stephens, who was wanted in Sunday's slaying of a retired Ohio man, and called 911.

Restaurant owner Thomas DuCharme Jr. tells the Erie Times-News that workers tried to "buy some time for the cops" and told Stephens his order of fries was delayed. DuCharme says Stephens replied he had no time to wait and drove away.

State police gave chase. Authorities say Stephens shot and killed himself during the pursuit.


This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens. Cleveland police say they are searching for Stephens, a homicide suspect who broadcast the fatal shooting of another man live on Facebook on Sunday, April 16, 2017. (Cleveland Police via AP)

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