OXON HILL, Md. (WJZ) — The fugitive wanted in a fatal stabbing of a man outside of a Popeyes in Prince George’s County was arrested Wednesday night.
Thirty-year-old Ricoh McClain was wanted in the deadly stabbing 28-year-old Kevin Tyrell Davis after the two allegedly got into a verbal argument when the victim cut in front of several customers waiting to order food.
In a press conference on Thursday, Chief Hank Stawinski said police found McClain at a home on Nova Avenue in Capitol Heights. Police believe he was an acquaintance of someone who lived there.
Police said the November 4 incident happened after the two men got out of line and walked outside to settle the argument. That’s when McClain immediately stabbed Davis, police said.
Police found Davis outside in the parking lot suffering from a single stab wound. He died at an area hospital shortly after. McClain fled the scene and police finally found him after 10 days.
After the stabbing, rumors spread indicating the fight was over a chicken sandwich. Then there was talk of a long-standing disagreement between the two men that had nothing to do with the restaurant.
As the investigation continued, police said they still believe the line cutting led to the stabbing.
“This conflict did arise as a result of the decedent cutting in line at Popeyes restaurant, and then a confrontation occurs which over the course of several seconds escalates into a homicide,” Stawinski said.
McClain was arrested without incident following a tip from the community and is being held without bond.
He’s charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
“It should again be sobering for all of us to look at something like this and realize that deadly violence erupted again in 15 seconds,” Stawinski said. “It’s shocking.”
No matter the circumstances, Stawinski said it’s important to remember a family is grieving the loss of a loved one.
“Quite frankly, if we got this much attention for every pointless murder, we’d be on the road to a better place both as a community and as a nation,” he said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call detectives at 301-772-4925.