Stolen SUV Slams Into McDonald's, Catches Fire

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    Prince George's County Police say a stolen SUV caught fire after its driver slammed into a Landover Hills, Maryland, McDonald's Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014)

    Prince George's County Police say a stolen SUV caught fire after its driver slammed into a Landover Hills, Maryland, McDonald's Tuesday morning.

    The victim was in his SUV at the intersection of Annapolis Road and 71st Avenue shortly after 5:10 a.m. Tuesday when he was approached by a man who asked for a ride. After the victim refused, the man implied he had a weapon, authorities said.

    Fearing for his life, the victim jumped out of his SUV and ran away. The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Dominique Tyrone, took the vehicle and drove down Annapolis Road, where he struck a minivan but kept driving.

    The driver of the minivan followed the SUV to the McDonald's in the 6200 block of Annapolis Road, where Tyrone hit two cars in the 24-hour drive-thru line before crashing into the window. 

    Darren Bowser's wife was in one of those cars.

    "Very hysterical. I just told her just calm down, I'm on my way," Bowser said.

    Tyrone's car then caught fire, charring the drive-thru window and a portion of the roof before firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.

    One person was transported to an area hospital, but their injuries are not serious in nature.

    It's not clear how long the restaurant will remain closed. Detectives say Tyrone has been charged and they believe he may suffer from mental illness.

    Stay with NBCWashington on-air and online for more on this developing story.