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Maryland police have released a photo of a man wanted in connection with a fatal stabbing Monday night outside a Popeye’s restaurant after a dispute broke out over the chain’s popular chicken sandwich.
The Prince George’s County Police Homicide Unit detectives have asked for the public’s help to identify a man they've described as a suspect in the stabbing of 28-year-old Kevin Tyrell Davis outside the Oxon Hill restaurant, according to a statement from the department.
In addition to the image of the suspect, police also released a photo of a woman seen in the business with the suspect. She is being described as a person of interest in the case.
Police said the deadly argument broke out Monday night after Davis walked into the restaurant and cut in front of a group of people standing in line for the popular chicken sandwich starting an argument between Davis and the suspect, local station WJZ reports.
The argument between the pair escalated and spilled out into the parking lot, where Davis was “immediately stabbed,” police said.
The suspect and the woman he had been seen with inside the restaurant quickly fled the scene.
Officers arriving at the scene around 7 p.m. tried to provide Davis with emergency medical care until an ambulance arrived, but he died a short time later at an area hospital, police said.
“The question my detectives have to answer is, how does a confrontation lead to a murder in 15 seconds,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinkski said, according to WJLA. “The family is looking for closure.”
Davis’ friend Tre Martin remembered the 28-year-old as a good man who would regularly hang out around the shopping center with friends.
“He was a good man, a bit of a wildcard but he was a good man. He’d always be there for you, got your back. He’d give you the shirt off his back for you,” he said.
Martin told WJZ he didn’t believe the argument was about a chicken sandwich and seemed more like “a misunderstanding that escalated to another level.”
In a statement to NBC News, Popeye’s said the organization didn't know how the fight began but that “there is no reason for someone to lose their life on a Monday night in a parking lot.”
They went on to say their thoughts were with the victims’ family.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or person of interest in the case is urged to contact authorities.
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