Popeyes customer ‘stabbed over the chicken sandwich in Maryland
Popeyes customer, 28, is ‘stabbed to DEATH over the chicken sandwich in an argument while waiting in line’ at a Maryland restaurant during nationwide chaos over its return to the menu
The news incident happened at a branch of the fast food chain in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Monday night and was sparked by someone cutting in line, according to police.
Police spokesperson Jennifer Donelan said: ‘Our homicide detectives are hard at work on this one, but we have been able to determine preliminarily that this is related to the release of the sandwich here at this restaurant.’
A representative of Popeyes told DailyMail.com: ‘We are very sad to hear about the tragedy in Maryland tonight.
‘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.
‘Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends and we are fully cooperating with local authorities.’
Police say they were called to the scene at around 7pm. They say the victim was rushed to hospital where he later died.
Pictures from the scene show a poster for the popular sandwich in the window of the taped off restaurant.
Fast food fans have been seen desperately trying to get their hands on the burger after it returned to restaurants across the country on Sunday.
An eyewitness described how a ‘dude cut the line’ before they ‘went outside’ and ‘dude got stabbed’, adding: ‘And now we can’t leave because they have to make sure there is no blood on the road.’
Police have confirmed a 28-year-old adult male, found with multiple stab wounds in the parking lot, died during a fight at the scene. They are still hunting the suspect.
Videos had already shown a man being leaping out of his vehicle to punch another, staff spilling out of a branch as they fight, and even altercations once customers made it inside the restaurants.
A clip captioned, ‘welcome to Ellenton Popeyes’ shows the moment a customer waiting to make their order walks up to a man at the service window and pounds impatiently on his vehicle.
The driver then leaps from the SUV and the pair roll around fighting before others stop them and one yells ‘f**k you a**hole!’.
One man at a crowded Harlem, New York location screamed at staff because he felt they were taking to long for his order of 10 sandwiches.
But a video from Edgewood, Maryland also shows a physical altercation between several hangry people inside that location, including one seemingly armed with long stick.