Philadelphia police call search for Facebook killer a precaution

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams is warning the public that these are all scams.

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Police said Sunday night that Stephens "may be out of state at this time", and called on residents in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be vigilant. They say Stephens should be considered armed and unsafe. They said Stephens and Godwin didn't know each other.

A manhunt that started in Cleveland's gritty east side expanded rapidly into a nationwide search for Stephens, a 37-year-old job counselor who worked with teens and young adults, police said.

Police say they received multiple reports this afternoon from people claiming a person matching the description of alleged Facebook shooter Steve Stephens is in the Fairmount Park area.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson publicly urges Stephens to turn himself in to police and not to "do any more harm to anybody".

Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Cleveland said Monday that the suspect, 37-year-old Steve Stephens, could still be in the city or in surrounding states.

Robert Godwin Sr. seen in photo posted online.

In a text message to CBS news, Joy Lane said Stephens was a nice guy and was good to her and her family.

A mother was arrested and charged in March for streaming her 10-year-old son driving in Monroe, CT, WFSB said.

Officers searched dozens of places around the city and spoke with the suspect by cellphone, police said. He said, "We're still asking Steve to turn himself in, but if he doesn't, we'll find him".

Police said Monday that they've found no evidence of other slayings linked to the suspect, 37-year-old Steve Stephens. Police say they're increasing patrols and activating license plate readers along state highways as they're looking for Stephens.

Late Sunday night Cleveland police issued an aggravated murder warrant for Stephens and warned he could have crossed into Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana or MI.

Police have told Americans to be on the lookout for his auto, a white Ford Fusion.

Stephens is an employee at Beech Brook, a "leading behavioral health agency" in northeast Ohio.

Facebook subsequently took down the videos.

He was walking home from an Easter meal with his family when the stranger walked up to Robert Godwin Sr. "What has happened and what we witnessed live through social media was the undoing of a man emotionally and that is not the rational response to disappointment, rejection, or even breakup".

Stephens says on that video he will keep killing people until he is caught.

Facebook has responded to a deadly shooting of an elderly man that was broadcast on its pages, calling it a "horrific crime".

  • Arturo Norris