"Since he was a star, he was letting it be known—mobs of people were crowding around him."
——a Philadelphia police source


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The good times have ended for rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard.

His month-long stint as a fugitive ended Monday (11/27) in the parking lot of a McDonald's in South Philadelphia, when police arrested him in front of a bunch of fans.

According to MTV News, police arrested ODB at 4:17 p.m., after being summoned by the manager of the McDonald's, according to authorities.

The rapper, whose real name is Russell Jones, fled court-mandated rehab in California last month and faces outstanding drug warrants in New York.

"He was hiding out in south Philadelphia, knowing he has a publicly known face," said a Philadelphia police source. "Since he was a star, he was letting it be known—mobs of people were crowding around him."

Fearing a disturbance as ODB greeted fans in front of the restaurant, the McDonald's manager phoned police without knowing the rapper's identity, the source said.

When police began to draw their guns, the rapper allegedly jumped in his car and tried to escape, moving toward an exit by way of the restaurant's drive-through lane. Police blocked the exit and arrested the rapper, who allegedly presented an identification card from a check-cashing outlet that bore a fake name. But ODB told police his real name when they asked him for it.

The rapper, who was not immediately charged with any new crimes, was in custody Monday night in a cell at a Philadelphia police station, awaiting extradition to either New York or California.

"We're going to try to get him down here. I'm sure California is going to try to get him out there," said Ken Holder, bureau chief of narcotics trials for the Queens, New York, district attorney's office, which is prosecuting ODB on a crack-cocaine case, according to MTV.

ODB had been living at the Impact House rehab center in Pasadena, CA, after serving six months in county jail for violating his probation by drinking alcohol. Last month, he fled as he was being transported from the center to Los Angeles Criminal Courthouse.

The rapper joined the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan onstage at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom last week (rumor mill, 11/22). His performance, a blatant disrespect for the law, made police step up efforts to find the former fugitive.