A suspect walked into a Colonial Drive McDonald's restaurant on Christmas, tried to grab money from a wheelchair-bound customer's hand and then stabbed the person multiple times with a butcher knife, Orlando Police say.
Jerry Tyson, 38, was charged with second degree felony murder and robbery after Orlando Police say he walked into the McDonald's at 3005 W. Colonial Drive on Tuesday night and tried to steal cash from the victim.
Tyson fled the restaurant, tossed the knife and ran into some woods east of John Young Parkway, according to police. A witness tried to stop Tyson by running into him with his car but was unsuccessful. A K-9 dog tracked Tyson into the woods and found him hiding under a tree. The dog bit Tyson's leg.
"We are cooperating fully with the authorities in their investigation of the matter and ask that all further inquiries be directed to the Orlando Police Department." McDonald's spokeswoman Jackie Bunting said in a statement.
Tyson later told police he was struck by a vehicle in the Mercy Drive area and claimed he was not at the McDonald's restaurant at the time of the stabbing.
The victim, whose name has not been released pending next-of-kin notification, was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died.