How the ‘Facebook Killer’ Was Caught Thanks to Quick-Thinking McDonald’s Workers

McDonald’s workers recognized the killer Steve Stephens from mugshots, and stalled his order while giving the cops a heads-up

The manager told Stevens his fries “were going to be a minute.”

The notorious Facebook Killer was captured by cops this week thanks in part to the quick-thinking and action of McDonald’s drive-thru workers and some fictitious ‘delayed’ French fries.

Steve Stephens — who was accused of killing an elderly man and broadcasting the crime on Facebook Live — pulled into a McDonald’s drive-thru in Erie, Pennsylvania (about 100 miles from Cleveland, where the murder took place just two days before), on Tuesday morning and ordered a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and fries. Henry Sayers, the restaurant manager, recognized him from the news and called police, according to The New York Times.

He then tried to buy some time for police by telling Stephens his fries “were going to be a minute.”

“But he just took his nuggets and said, ‘I have to go,’ and he drove off,” Sayers told press, while adding that Stephens did not speed away, but rather drove off normally, without the fries.

The manhunt ended Tuesday, thanks to the fast-food workers' tip to police. After a brief car chase ended in front of an abandoned school, the alleged gunman was pronounced dead at the scene due to an apparent suicide.


“I'm just very proud of my staff and how they handled it,” Tom Ducharme, the owner of the McDonald's franchise, told NBC News.