McClain was tracked to a home on Nova Avenue in Capitol Heights, Md., less than half an hour’s drive from the Popeyes where Davis had been killed. Investigators arrested McClain Wednesday afternoon.
“The individual placed himself at the scene and corroborated the account that we have on video,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said Thursday at a news conference.
Stawinski said that though a number of good investigative tips came in from the community, it was the “good detective work” by the department's fugitive apprehension team that ultimately led to McClain’s arrest.
The slaying happened on the night of Nov. 4 at a Popeyes in Oxon Hill, Md., after Davis allegedly cut in line the day after the fast-food chain restarted sales of its chicken sandwich, which quickly sold out on its introduction earlier in the year.
A surveillance video showed Davis cutting in line over the course of 15 minutes, according to Prince George’s County police. When he got to the front counter, he was confronted by another customer, and the argument continued in the parking lot, where Davis was stabbed in the upper body, police said.
The stabbing happened less than 15 seconds after the initial confrontation, police said. Stawinski said the killing happened in view of three dozen people who were inside the restaurant, including young children.
“It should be sobering to all of us that violence can erupt that quickly,” said Stawinski, decrying the killing as “pointless.”
Davis’s friends and family have said they do not think the killing of their loved one was over a chicken sandwich. Stawinski, however, said there was no evidence to show that the men had known each other before the confrontation.
Stawinski said there was no “real association” between McClain and the home where he was arrested. Police said McClain was an acquaintance of a person staying at the home.
When asked if anyone had been harboring or hiding McClain in the 10 days since the stabbing, Stawinski said police do not expect to charge anyone else in connection with the incident.
Online court records did not list an attorney for McClain. He is expected to appear in Prince George’s County District Court on Friday for a bail review hearing, according to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.
In a statement after the incident, Popeyes said the company is “very sad to hear about the tragedy in Maryland.”
“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. “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends and we are fully cooperating with local authorities.”