Suspect arrested in deadly stabbing outside Popeyes in Oxon Hill

Prince George’s County police said early Thursday morning they arrested the suspect linked to last week’s fatal stabbing outside a Popeyes in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Earlier this week, police said they were looking for Ricoh McClain, 30, of District Heights and had charged him with the murder of Kevin Tyrell Davis, 28, of Oxon Hill.

“We just wanted to update the community on the status of this case. We wanted to let everyone know we did apprehend and arrested Mr. McClain,” Cpl. Nicholas Clayton with the Prince George’s County Police told WTOP.

“When our department is able to close a case and arrest, it certainly doesn’t mean that those hurt by this incident have been relieved of that pain. What it means is that we’re able to take someone who is proven to be dangerous off the roads to make it a safer, more livable community for everyone.”

The police said that on Nov. 4 at the Popeyes on Livingston Road, in the Oxon Hill Plaza that Davis cut in front of people in line. People had been lined up to get the chain’s popular chicken sandwich that had just been re-released.

McClain and Davis got into a brief argument, then they went outside to the parking lot, where McClain immediately stabbed Davis and ran off, the police said.

Police said they had no indication the men knew each other.

Ricoh McClain, 30, of District Heights, is accused of stabbing Kevin Davis, 28, of Oxon Hill, in the evening of Nov. 4 outside the Popeyes on Livingston Road, in the Oxon Hill Plaza. (Courtesy Prince George’s County Police Department)

Davis died about an hour later at a hospital.

A police officer identified McClain from surveillance images; the community also provided tips.

McClain is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

The police said that a woman was with McClain at the time of the incident, but that she had been interviewed and hadn’t been charged, and that they didn’t expect her to be charged.

The stabbing came the day after Popeyes resumed selling its popular chicken sandwich. The new menu item was a sensation when the restaurant first launched it in August, causing long lines and leading the chain to run out of its supply by the end of the month.

WTOP’s Colleen Kelleher, Jack Moore and Pat Brogan contributed to this report.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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