The manhunt continues for a Cleveland, Ohio, man accused of killing an innocent bystander while streaming the ordeal on Facebook Live on Sunday. Police expanded the search to include an additional four states, and ask that residents be on the lookout for him while also taking precaution.
CNN reports that Steve Stephens, 37, is charged with aggravated murder after he reportedly shot and killed Robert Godwin Sr., 74. Godwin was walking on a sidewalk in a residential area of Cleveland when Stephens shot him in the head. Stephens didn’t know Godwin. Apparently, the elderly man was picked at random and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) April 17, 2017
Authorities began a manhunt in the Cleveland area for Stevens on Sunday evening, but they’re now indicating that the suspect may have escaped the state. He was last seen driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary license plates tags, with the number, E363630. Residents in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan should be on high alert.
Stephens is described as a black male who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs around 244 pounds. He has a bald head and a full beard and mustache, which may have been shaved off by now. Stephens claimed that he committed multiple other murders on Sunday, but so far, none have been confirmed. He also threatened to continue to kill others for as long as he could.
UPDATE Homicide suspect Steve Stephens' actual vehicle has Ohio Temp tag E363630 pic.twitter.com/tE3r5u4BNN
— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) April 17, 2017
Maggie Green, Stephen’s mother, told CNN that she saw her son on Sunday, when he told her it would be the last time she would see him. When she learned about the shooting, she was shocked. When asked if she had anything to say to him, she simply said she wanted Stephens to call her.
Stephens, who worked with children and teens at a behavioral health agency in northeastern Ohio, blamed an ex-girlfriend, Joy Lane, for his violent behavior. In a Facebook Live rant, he said that she was the cause of him “snapping,” after they broke up.
On Monday morning, Lane sent a text to CBS News, explaining that Stephens was a “nice guy,” while offering condolences to the victim’s family.
“We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s). Steve really is a nice guy… he is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family Please respect our privacy at this time.”
Anyone who spots Stephens should contact 911 immediately. The FBI is currently assisting in the investigation.
[Feature Photo: Facebook]