ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Police have identified a disabled man who was stabbed to death inside an Orlando McDonald's as Steven Lang, 52.
Police said Jerry Tyson, 38, stabbed Lang to death while he was trying to order food inside the restaurant on Colonial Drive, near John Young Parkway, Tuesday.
"He stabbed him like, seven times, and then he walked out," said witness Tyrone Wesley.
According to police, Tyson attempted to grab money from Lang's hands. When Lang refused to let him have the money, police said, Tyson stabbed the victim several times in the stomach.
"He was trying to defend himself, but he couldn’t, really. He was in a wheelchair. There wasn't much he could do,” Wesley said.
Lang died on his way to a hospital. Friends said he lived in a nearby apartment complex and was known as "The Music Man" because he always made CDs for his neighbors. They said he was a good man who was disabled most of his life.
Witnesses said they were shocked when the attempted robbery turned deadly.
"I was walking by, and I seen all the police coming and helicopters in the air," said witness David Williams. "It's Christmas, and people still getting killed. I don't know what's going on. It scared me, man."
Tyson then ran out of the restaurant toward a Winn Dixie behind the McDonald's, police said.
A witness said he saw Tyson throw the knife to the ground.
Police said Tyson crossed John Young Parkway to hide in a small patch of trees.
A police K-9 tracked him down, and he was arrested.
Tyson was charged with second-degree murder and robbery.
WFTV learned Tyson was released from prison five days before the stabbing after serving time for a homicide in Osceola County. He was supposed to report to a probation office on Friday but never showed up, according to officials.
Because he never showed up for his probation appointment, a spokesperson with the Department of Corrections said officials were in the process of revoking his probation and putting him back in jail.
Tyson was being held without bond late Thursday.