Cleveland Facebook killing suspect 'Steve Stephens' subject of manhunt

Police in OH urged residents in surrounding states on Monday to be on alert for a man who they said shot and killed an elderly passerby seemingly at random and then posted a gruesome video of the killing on Facebook.

The Cleveland division of police said on Sunday it was looking for Steve Stephens in connection with the shooting of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr in the city's Glenville neighbourhood.

Chief Calvin Williams says detectives talked with Stephens by cellphone Sunday after he shot 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. but haven't had contact since.

Stephens had been live on Facebook in a separate post.

Local police, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and US Marshals Service, have expanded the manhunt beyond OH to include Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, and in for the man they said should be considered armed and unsafe.

"We called him the junk man", she said.

He warned any of Stephens' friends or family members who might assist him while he's on the lam: "If you think you're helping Steve, you're really not".

"She's the reason that this is about to happen to you", the shooter says. The suspect did go live on the social media site at another point on Sunday.

The graphic video, uploaded to his Facebook account was titled "Easter Day Slaughter" and was up for three whole hours before the account was suspended and the video removed.

News 5 obtained the videos before Stephens' Facebook page was taken down.

Authorities in several states are on the lookout for a man believed to have shot an elderly father and then posted a video of the apparently random killing on Facebook. "We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety".

Police continue to search for Stephens, who they say should be considered armed and risky.

Police detected a ping off Stephens's cell phone in Erie, Pennsylvania, which may or may not mean he's been there or could still be there.

In one of the videos he is seen holding up his Beech Brook identification badge.

Beech Brook spokeswoman Nancy Kortemeyer says Monday there was nothing in the background check for Stephens that caused any concerns.

Cleveland State University issued a shelter in place while police search for the suspect. He was simply out for a pleasant stroll on a handsome Easter Sunday, and lost his life for no reason apart from the fact that Stephens happened to spot him walking along the sidewalk. "We hope and pray that he is arrested as soon as possible and we hope and pray for a resolution quickly". They've described him as being a bald, black man with a full beard, standing 6 foot 1 inch and weighing 240 pounds.

When asked what message she wanted to relay to her son, Green said: "I want him to call me".

  • Larry Hoffman