Arrest warrant is issued for suspect Ricoh McClain, 30, charged with murdering a 28-year-old Popeyes customer who cut the line for the infamous chicken sandwich at a Maryland restaurant
Ricoh McClain, 30, was named Tuesday evening as the suspect in the stabbing death of Maryland Popeyes customer Kevin Tyrell Davis, 28
Davis, aka ‘KD’, was stabbed November 4 outside a Popeyes in Oxon Hill, Maryland
A police officer identified McClain as the suspect, claiming to recognize him from interactions he’d had with him on the street
Suspect is still on the run, believed to be armed and dangerous, and still in the Prince George’s County area
McClain is facing charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment
Preliminary investigation reveals McClain and Davis ‘got into a brief verbal argument after the victim cut in front of several customers waiting to order food’
Cops said in the 15-second encounter, the two men out of the line, stepped out of the front door together and McClain immediately stabbed Davis
McClain then fled’ – The alleged killer has been on the run since
A 30-year-old man has been charged with murder in the case of the 28-year-old man who was stabbed to death at a Maryland Popeyes last week, after he cut the line for their chicken sandwich.
Police released the name of suspect, Ricoh McClain, who was caught on surveillance camera at the time of the incident last Monday.
McClain is still at large and police have asked the public to help locate the suspect in the murder of killed Kevin Tyrell Davis.
McClain is considered armed and dangerous and faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.
It was followed by a number of phone calls from the public ‘backing up the assertion’.
On Tuesday, the Prince George’s County Police Department said: ‘The preliminary investigation reveals McClain and the victim got into a brief verbal argument after the victim cut in front of several customers waiting to order food.
‘They both then got out of the line, walked out of the front door together and McClain immediately stabbed Davis. McClain then fled from the area.’
Davis entered the fast food restaurant around 7pm on November 4.
Around three dozen people were already in line, many waiting for the newly released chicken sandwich, Police Chief Hank Stawinski said.
Davis then cut the line and was confronted by a male suspect leading an exchange of words.
When the argument escalated, the feuding men went outside the restaurant and Davis was stabbed.
The entire confrontation lasted just 15 seconds, according to the police report. Responding officers found the victim in the parking lot with a single stab wound.
They rushed Davis to the hospital where he died from his wound, 51 minutes later.
Prince George’s County Police previously released a surveillance photo of McClain, pleading for the public in identifying him.
PG Police Chief Hank Stawinski said a knife was recovered from the scene.
Cops said at a press conference that the suspect used ‘some kind of cutting instrument that we know he’s used in violence in the past’.
‘Something we have to question in terms of how we’re interacting with one another as a society, is how does a confrontation over cutting line lead to a death,’ Stawinski said.
‘People are asking how something so pointless could occur,’ he added. ‘This is pointless, this is disrespectful and that’s why I’m asking for the community’s help.’
He said the attack took place in front of families and children, adding there was no reason to believe the fight extended beyond the restaurant.
No transaction had taken place when the two men got into the fight.
Tributes have poured in for Davis, who was known as Oside KD by his friends.
‘I failed you. I’m sorry #longlive KD,’ one friend shared on Instagram.
‘LongLiveKD Another Bro From the Lawd.
Senseless…’ another friend added.
The next day, his friends returned to the Oxon Hill Popeyes restaurant location to lay out candles that spelled his name and lay flowers as a makeshift memorial.
Friends of Davis say the fight was not over a chicken sandwich but did not elaborate.
The harrowing attack unfolded in the midst of the Popeyes chicken sandwich craze, which has incited brawls in other restaurants across the nations as the popular burger attracts long lines and busy wait times. A friend shared this tribute sharing a picture of Davis with his brother [center], and lamenting the loss of life over chicken sandwich
The sandwich was first introduced in August and sold out in two weeks. The crispy sandwich returned to menus across the nation November 3, reigniting the frenzy.
In the Maryland Popeyes attack, one eyewitness described how a ‘dude cut the line’ before they ‘went outside’ and ‘dude got stabbed’, adding: ‘And now we can’t leave because they have to make sure there is no blood on the road.’
A representative of the fast food chain last week said: ‘What happened in Maryland last night is a tragedy and we are saddened to hear about this senseless act of violence.’
‘Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends. We, along with the franchisee, are fully cooperating with local authorities and actively working to gather more information,’ the chain added.
A reward of $25,000 is being offered for any information that leads to McClain’s arrest.
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