Cops were finally able to catch up to Steve Stephens thanks to some crafty McDonald’s employees who recognized him in the drive-thru.
Stephens went through the drive-thru at the McDonald’s on Buffalo Road in Erie, PA when one of the workers recognized him. He ordered a 20-piece McNugget and a large fry … but workers made it seem the fries weren’t ready so they could buy time.
According to the restaurant’s manager … Stephens got his nuggets, but then said he had to go and he drove off without the fries. It was enough time for cops to get on his tail.
As reported this morning, Steve led cops on a brief chase before committing suicide in his car.
Update: The McDonald’s employees are said to be getting the $50,000 reward offered for Stephens’ capture.
We spoke with local and federal law enforcement officials who tell us … they believe the employees were the lynchpin that caused cops to corner Steve Stephens in Erie, PA. As you know, Stephens killed himself.
As for the reward, 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.”
Sticklers could argue no one should get the award because Stephens wasn’t arrested, but there have been similar cases over the years where law enforcement determined the reward conditions were met.
The law enforcement officials with whom we spoke say it’s clear … the McDonald’s employees made the difference. They spotted Stephens and stalled him at the drive-thru so cops could make their move.
Good for them.