I’ve heard the expression that something tasted so good that it was “to die for”, but I didn’t think that such things actually existed. But, apparently someone “loved that chicken from Popeyes” just a little too much; and as a result, someone is now dead from an altercation that allegedly stemmed from the release of a new chicken sandwich.
A Maryland man was stabbed to death this past Monday just outside of an Oxon Hill Popeyes location after he apparently had cut in the line that had formed for the restaurant’s re-released chicken sandwich. The line-hop apparently led to an argument with another man who had also been waiting for the new food, police said.
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The victim, Kevin Tyrell Davis, 28, was stabbed outside the restaurant around 7 p.m. that evening, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department. Davis was transferred to a nearby hospital location after first responders had made it to the scene, but he was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital.
Surveillance footage that had been obtained by police investigating the case showed several customers that were waiting in a line specifically setup for people wanting to order the coveted chicken sandwich. According to the video, Davis had entered the store and began meticulously cutting in line in order to expedite his arrival to the front and place his order, police Chief Hank Stawinski told reporters on Tuesday.
It didn’t take long for Davis’ line cutting to be cut short, itself. Police say the second man had confronted Davis about his behavior, and approximately 15 seconds after the interaction, the two went out the restaurant door and Davis was stabbed, Stawinski said.
Police Chief Hank Stawinski was honestly puzzled about the entire debacle.
“How does a confrontation lead to a homicide in 15 seconds?” he said during a press briefing.
Well, that’s not a crazy question to ask, but the other question is: how good is that chicken sandwich? That was a question posed by YouTube commentator ‘The Amazing Lucas’ when speculating on the event, and it certainly has this writer wondering the same exact thing.
Still, no matter the circumstances surrounding the loss of life, the chief called the stabbing a “pointless crime”, which anyone could easily agree with. No one should kill or be killed over cutting in line or fast food. Families and children were in the restaurant at the time as well, getting a front row seat to what could be the most ridiculous chain of events resulting in a fatality.
The hunt is still on for the suspect in this case, whom authorities believe left in a vehicle with another woman, the chief said. The police also recovered and knife from the scene that was allegedly used in the slaying.
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Popeyes released a statement regarding the incident.
“We do not yet know whether this was the result of a dispute over one of our products or something unrelated, but there is no reason for someone to lose their life on a Monday night in a parking lot,” the statement read.
Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan also commented on the tragic homicide.
“For you to get that angry over anything … and to develop into this type of violence, again, is a very sad and tragic day.”
Police Chief Hank Stawinski said that there’s no evidence to imply that the victim and the suspect knew each other prior to the confrontation and that the stabbing was a result only from that brief interaction. Authorities had also released a photo of the suspect, which was obtained from the security footage, and a woman who was with him when he fled the scene of the murder. Police are actively seeking both individuals with regard to the case.
With regard to the active search of the suspect in this case, Donelan said, “We are looking for a male, and that male knows who he is. He knows what he did here tonight, and he needs to do the right thing and he needs to step up and turn himself in.”
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