The search for Steve Stephens who killed an innocent grandfather live on Facebook to somehow avenge a recent breakup, came to an abrupt end today. After almost three days of closing in on him, authorities found the man and gave chase which ended before they could apprehend him when Stephens turned the gun on himself. Although he took the cowardly way out of his actions, there was one thing he did before killing himself that seemed to be an attempt to hide a key piece of evidence into who he was and what he was up to.
Stephens managed to evade a multistate manhunt for him for hours and even days on end, but there was one thing he couldn’t hide which has since been found in the investigation after his sudden suicide. Right before entering into a police pursuit in Pennsylvania, Stephens final words sealed his fate.
The last place that the cold-blooded killer was seen was at the Cleveland sidewalk where he shot Robert Godwin Sr. to death, having never met him before this encounter. Nearly an entire two days had passed with no sight or sound of Stephens who managed to slip away out of public view and became the most wanted man in America. His days were numbered as his world closed in on him. Law enforcement and civilians were on the lookout for this recognizable man in a white Ford Fusion until he made one final mistake because of an urge he couldn’t deny.
While authorities scoured the several states, all they had to do was look at one place that coincided with his appearance and made perfect sense as to where he would wind up. Weighing in over 200 pounds, it was only a matter of time before Stephens would have to stop to get something to eat and when he did, he was immediately recognized by the last people he ever expected to turn him in.
According to Fox2 Now, Stephens entered an Erie, PA McDonald’s drive-thru and ordered a 20-piece chicken nugget meal for himself. When he came up to the window to pay, the cashier/owner recognized him and tried to stall the him, handing him his chicken, but saying the fries would be a minute. This afforded some extra time to alert authorities before Stephens became suspicious and said “I have to go,” before speeding away. That, along with his glutenous order of 20-piece chicken nuggets and fries were his famous last words.
By the time he drove away, it was already too late. He couldn’t hide that recognizable face and big, signature beard as he sped off in the same car with the license plate that had been plastered all over the media. It wasn’t far from his fried food pit stop that police caught up with him and he shot himself after police performed a pit maneuver on his Ford that was spinning out of control when he committed suicide. Some or all of his 20 chicken nuggets were probably still hot in the bag beside him, as his last meal on this planet.
The end result of this pursuit proves the importance of people’s awareness as well as the accuracy of the suspect’s description. There was a delay by a few news outlets in releasing his photo, as well as a reluctance to list his skin color as being black. Had these important facts been withheld to protect a narrative, Stephens may still be full of McDonald’s and at large today, putting other people’s lives in danger. It’s ironic that it took a stop at a familiar fast food restaurant to track this guy down, but is fitting for who he is.