“I’ll keep killing until they catch me”..
In a desperate attempt to find facebook killer, Steve Stephens, police offer a $50,000 reward for any information that will lead authorities to the arrest of the killer.
Claiming to be on his 14th victim, Steve ‘Facebook Killer’ Stephens (37) posted a live Facebook video on Easter Sunday of him killing an innocent man. The victim was later identified as 74-year-old Robert Godwin. Godwin was said to have had 9 children and 14 grandchildren.
Getting out of his white Ford Fusion, Stephens approached the elderly man who was just walking down the side walk, assumed to be picking up aluminum cans off the street. Recording the entire incident on Facebook Live he says,
“Found me somebody to kill.” he says in a cavalier nonchalant attitude, while recording the full incident. “I’m going to kill this guy right here. He’s an old dude, too.”
Stephens approaches the man and asks him for a “favor”
“Can you say ‘Joy Lane’?” (Stephen’s ex-girlfriend). The confused man says ‘Joy Lane’ right before Stephens says,
“She is the reason this about to happen to you. How old are you?”
As Stephens pulls out the gun, Godwin puts his hands up in fear, “I don’t know anybody by that name.”
The shot goes off and Stephens says “That m*****f***** is dead because of you Joy.”
Stephens walks back to his car, leaving the innocent man laying on the ground while blood pours all onto the sidewalk.
The children’s mental health worker is said to have snapped after mentioning gambling debt and a bad breakup with Joy Lane after three years of dating.
In a series of Facebook posts, Stephens claimed he had killed a total of 15 people in what he called an “Easter day slaughter”.
Maggie Green, Stephens mother, told CNN that her son told her it was going to be the “last time” they were going to see each other and if they did see each other it would be a “miracle.”
Authorities say that Stephens is armed and dangerous. This manhunt that initially started in Cleveland Ohio, has spread to five states. Police say that he could now be in Pennsylvania. Police in Erie told media that the suspect’s mobile phone was detected off a tower in Pennsylvania just before 10pm.
Although the police have admitted that the whereabouts of the Facebook Killer are unknown, Cops said the suspect was last seen near Case Western Reserve University and warned people to stay away from the campus.
“We need Steve to turn himself in,” Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a press conference. “Right now there are two families out there hurting. Mr. Godwin’s family and of course there are people out there who care about Steve and want to see this not go any further.”
“We’ve brought everything to bear on this, from our federal partners, our state and local partners. And everybody is out there looking for Steve. We want this to end with as much peace as we can bring to this right now. … What happened today is senseless,” Williams said.
Stephens Facebook page, which has now been deleted, shows post after post leading up to and after the fatal shooting.
Facebook has condemned the post, saying: “This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content 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.”
Stephens is 6 foot 1 tall and has a bald head with a full beard. He was last seen wearing a dark-striped polo shirt at the time of the shooting and was driving a new white Ford Fusion with the license plate number E363630. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said officers searched dozens of locations for Stephens with no success. The department is working with federal, state and other local agencies to find him.
Stephens had no previous criminal record, only traffic violations, Williams said.
“We definitely want to get it resolved as quickly as possible. The victim’s family deserves it,” said William
The victims son, Robert Godwin Jr., told Cleveland.Com the he could not bring himself to watch the video.
“I haven’t watched the video. I haven’t even looked at my cellphone or the news,” Godwin said. “I don’t really want to see it.”
The Associated Press contributed to report.