A man who was stabbed to death outside a Maryland Popeye's Monday night had cut the front of a line to get dibs on the chain's popular chicken sandwich, police said Tuesday.
Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski told reporters that 28-year-old Kevin Davis entered the Oxon Hill restaurant and began "methodically" cutting a line reserved for the menu item. Stawinski said Davis was confronted by another man as he cut the front of the line.
“In fifteen minutes this person methodically works in front of everyone else on the line, is confronted by this person and then from the moment of that confrontation, 15 seconds later, the two are out in front of the store, a stabbing and an individual occur lives are lost, ”Stawinski told reporters.
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He added, "The question my detectives must answer is: how does a confrontation lead to a 1
Police said the preliminary investigation revealed Davis and the suspect received a brief oral argument. They then got out of line and walked out the door together before the suspected stabbed Davis, investigators say.
Police said Davis was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police are asking the public for help identifying the suspect and a woman he was with, who they say is a person of interest.
The suspect and woman fled from the parking lot of a vehicle immediately after the stabbing. Police said a vehicle description was not available and it did not appear that the suspect and Davis were related to each other before Monday's game.
Police added that they did not have information that "this was a protracted dispute or that there was something outside of what had happened."
Stawinski told reporters that the restaurant was packed with at least three dozen people, including children, when the fight and stabbing happened.
"What bothers me about this … is that there are families and children in this restaurant as this is taking place and they have been exposed to it now as well," Stawinski said. "This is pointless, this is disrespectful."
He said he was watching the surveillance video and that there were several children in the restaurant who were "obviously shocked" about what was happening in front of them.
Police said a knife was recovered from the scene.
Popeyes resumed selling his chicken sandwich on Sunday. The menu item was originally released on August 12, but popular demand led to the chain's supply selling out by the end of that month.
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In a statement sent to Fox News on Monday night, a spokesman for Popeyes said: "We are very sad to hear about the tragedy in Maryland tonight. We do not yet know if this was the result of a dispute about one of our products or something unrelated, but there is no reason why anyone would lose their lives on a Monday night in a parking lot. "
" Our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends, and we cooperate fully with local authorities, "the statement continued.
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Oxon Hill is about 20 minutes from Washington, D.C.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.