Steve Stephens’ reign of terror came to an end in an amazing way when a brave McDonald’s employee stalled the alleged killer at a Pennsylvania drive-thru window long enough for police to arrive. Now the fast food giant is celebrating the bravery of its employees.
“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,” a McDonald’s spokesman told WKYC. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s loved ones and all of those impacted by this horrific crime.”
On April 11, a McDonald’s drive-thru worker recognized the wanted man suspected of killing at least one man in cold blood and broadcasting the murder on Facebook. The quick-thinking employee delayed delivering the suspect’s food order while police were called.
Police soon arrived, and after a short car chase, the so-called Facebook Killer ended his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot.
Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.
— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) April 18, 2017
There was a $50,000 reward for Stephens’ capture, but there is no word on if or when the reward might be bestowed upon the McDonald’s employee or employees who assisted in stopping him. Also, as is the usual practice in such cases, authorities will not release the names of the employees to preserve their privacy.
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