LANDOVER — In a brief press conference held at its headquarters on Nov. 14, the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) provided an update on the location and arrest of an individual whom officials had sought in connection with a fatal stabbing at an Oxon Hill restaurant on Nov. 4.
On Nov. 13, PGPD located and arrested Ricoh McClain, 30, of District Heights, who was charged with fatally stabbing Kevin Tyrell Davis, 28, outside of a Popeyes location on Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, police said.
What began as an alleged heated altercation in a Popeyes chicken sandwich line quickly escalated to a deadly incident that wound up garnering national headlines.
McClain faces several charges, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, PGPD cited. In addition, a court commissioner has ordered McClain held on a no-bond status at the Department of Corrections.
Members of the police department’s Fugitive Apprehension Team located McClain at a residence on Nova Avenue in Capitol Heights, and he was taken into custody without incident, according to police. PGPD Chief Hank Stawinski confirmed that the home has no association with McClain, but “he just happened to be there” on the afternoon of Nov. 13 and has frequented that residence.
Preliminarily, police said it is believed that McClain was the acquaintance of a person staying at the residence.
“This was amazing police work. We had such cooperation from the community, and 10 days later, we now have closed this case,” said PGPD spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan.
PGPD Chief Hank Stawinski acknowledged his colleagues for their efforts that led to the arrest of McClain after an investigation that lasted nearly a week and a half.
“I want my community to know that the detectives, the forensic evidence investigators, and the Fugitive Apprehension Team have worked around the clock since this event occurred 10 days ago to bring it to resolution,” Stawinski said, also nullifying social media rumors that Davis and McClain had a long-standing dispute prior to the incident.
“I also want to thank our community. We, not 24 hours ago, came to the community with additional information and sought your assistance in locating this individual. You stepped forward as you always do, and you provided information.”
Police do not expect to charge anyone else in association with the case, according to Stawinski. The woman spotted on camera who fled the scene with McClain is not being charged, nor is her name being released, as she is being treated as a witness, officials confirmed.
“I am extraordinarily proud of the efforts of our detectives and our Fugitive Apprehension Team. It was their diligent work, ultimately, that led us to Nova Avenue and to the apprehension in this case,” Stawinski said.
“I want to thank the support of our community, and I want to thank our partner agencies, I want to thank our county executive (Angela Alsobrooks) for her commitment to us making this right in terms of apprehension.”
In response to a question regarding whether McClain confessed once he was taken into custody, Stawinski remarked, “The individual that we interrogated last night placed himself at the scene and corroborated the account that we have on video. Charges have been placed, and we are working now with our state’s attorney (Aisha Braveboy) to prosecute that individual for this homicide.”
Anyone with additional information relevant to this investigation is asked to call detectives at 301-772-4925.