Erie, PA - A McDonald's worker is being heralded as a hero after her quick thinking led police to Steve Stephens.
Just after 11 AM on Tuesday, a female McDonald's employee recognized Steve Stephens in the drive-thru where he ordered a 20-piece McNuggets and a some french fries. The employee told her manager who then called Pennsylvania State Police.
In order to buy time for the police to respond, the employees stalled Stephens by telling him that they were waiting for his fries to be done.
When police pulled into the McDonald's parking lot, Stephens sped off. Officers pursued the vehicle for about a mile before executing a PIT maneuver.
Stephens's vehicle spun out and stalled. Officers then saw him shoot himself with his pistol.
The employee will be getting the $50,000 reward for Stephens.
McDonald's sent a statement to WKYC which said, "We applaud the crew members at this McDonald’s restaurant who recognized the suspect and did the right thing by quickly alerting the authorities of his location. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s loved ones and all of those impacted by this horrific crime."
Steve Stephens was wanted for the random murder of Robert Godwin Sr., 74. Video of the murder was posted by Stephens on Facebook.
In the video Stephens said, “Found me somebody I’m going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude,” before stepping out of his car. He approached Godwin and told him to say a woman’s name. Godwin tried telling Stephens that he didn’t want any trouble before Stephens shot one round into his head. Stephens then spoke to the woman through the camera saying that it was all because of her.
Shanice Dunning spoke with the family of Robert Godwin Sr., who said that he was a good man who would give you the shirt off of his back.
“He was a good guy. He would give you the shirt off his back,” he said. “I’m not just saying that for these cameras … This man, right here, was a good man and I hate that he’s gone.”