Dragnet for Suspected Facebook Killer Steve Stephens Widens Beyond Ohio
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 19:38
Police said they have received "dozens and dozens" of tips for possible sightings of the suspect, Steve Stephens, and tried to persuade him to surrender when they spoke with him via his cellphone on Sunday after the shooting. Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams says authorities have already searched every location Stephens has been associated with in the Cleveland area. "He could be nearby".
He said: "There is no need for any further bloodshed".
The manhunt spread across the region within a few hours after the homicide, with authorities on the alert for Stephens in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI.
Stephens blamed the shooting to a woman, who he said he was "living over there with her". The victim did not seem to recognize the woman's name.
Godwin's daughter said he was killed while collecting cans in a plastic shopping bag.
Facebook Inc launched a review on Monday of how it handles violent videos and other objectionable material, saying it needed to do better after a video of a killing in Cleveland on Sunday remained on its website and mobile app for two hours.
As the manhunt for a killer who shot a man to death and posted it on Facebook continues, the social network is facing tough questions over why it took three hours to remove the gruesome video. In a series of posts on Sunday, on what authorities said was Stephens's Facebook page, he named specific people that he wanted to talk to, including his mother. "We received reports about the third video, containing the man's live confession, only after it had ended". "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".
The victim's son, Robert Godwin Jr., told Cleveland.com that he couldn't bring himself to watch the video but learned about it from others. "He was kind and loving to me and my children".
A manhunt is underway for a gunman who shot and killed a 74 year old and used Facebook to brag about killing up to 13 people.
He helped them gain job skills and find employment, said Beech Brook spokeswoman Nancy Kortemeyer.
Stephens and Godwin did not appear to know each other, according to authorities.
In his video, Stephens displayed his Beech Brook badge.
"To be honest, we've interviewed several people involved in this and I don't think there is any rhyme or reason for it happening", Williams said.
Stephens posted further messages about Ms Lane on Facebook, calling her "the love of my life" and alluding to a gambling problem that meant "losing everything".