When you're on the run from the police for killing someone on Facebook Live, it's probably in your best interest to lay low.
But then again, if you're the kind of person who'd do something like that, you're more than likely not in total control of all your mental faculties.
So you'd think there's nothing wrong with ordering some McDonald's in broad daylight, and aren't really concerned with someone recognizing you while you satisfy your urge to quell a Big Mac attack.
McDonald's employees working in an Erie, Pennsylvania location immediately recognized the man who ordered a 20-piece chicken McNuggets and large fries as Stephens. They acted fast by devising a ploy that would keep him at bay long enough for the cops to get on his tail.
Although Stephens said that he had to go and drove off without grabbing the fries, the delay gave police enough time to get in his vicinity and catch up to him.
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
Henry Sayers, the McDonald's manager on duty at the time of Stephens' order, told the NY Times that when Stephens left with his $5.35 order he didn't speed away, but drove off at a normal pace in a white Ford Fusion sedan.
Investigators did receive a "ping" from the man's cell phone near Erie, but were unsuccessful in locating him. Police attribute the location's densely wooded areas and plenitude of hideouts like barns and farm houses as one of the reasons Stephens was so hard to track down.
“Either he’s dead somewhere or someone’s holding him up somewhere else in a house,” Elliott said.