Cleveland officials believe Steve “Stevie Steve” Stephens, 37, may have fled the state of Ohio. Police say residents in New York, Pensylvania, Michigan, and Indiana should “to be on high alert.”
Steve “Stevie Steve” Stephens claimed he killed 13 people in the last 24 hours, but has uploaded one chilling video to Facebook. Many on social media are frantic and worried while spreading any and all information on Steve Stephen’s current whereabouts.
In his last video, Stephen said he “snapped,” doesn’t give a “f****” and will continue killing until he is caught.
Where Is Steve Stephens? Cleveland Facebook Killer Immediate Facts:
- The manhunt for Steve Stephens expanded from the Cleveland-area to New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana to a nationwide search Monday.
- The police in Philadelphia said that they had received multiple reports of unconfirmed sightings of the wanted man, Steve Stephens, in the western part of the city, near the Belmont Plateau park area.
- Steve “Stevie Steve” Stephens (goes by many aliases) — Steve Stephens was displayed on his Beech Brook case worker badge.
- The Cleveland Facebook video killer was last spotted in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Steve Stephens was last seen driving a white 2016 Ford Fusion (with a temporary license plate).
- Authorities said Steve Stephens is a black male.
- Steve stands at six feet, one inch and weighs in at around 244 pounds.
- At the time of the last Facebook Live video, Stephens had a full beard.
- During the time of the video, Stephens was wearing a dark blue and gray or black striped polo shirt.
- Cleveland police have confirmed only one death associated with Steve Stephens, 74-year-old, Edwin Godwin, Sr.
Authorities Have Reason To Believe Steve Stephens Has Left Ohio
Stephen’s cell phone ping was detected about 100 miles east of Cleveland in Erie, Pennsylvania, law enforcement in the area told CNN. On Sunday, police said Stephens “may be out of state at this time,” and authorities called on residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and Michigan “to be on alert.”
The department is still asking Steve to turn himself in. “Steve, if you’re out there listening, call someone. Whether it’s a friend, a pastor — give them a call because they’re waiting on you to call them.”
On Sunday, the Cleveland police department had intentions for the manhunt to come to an end that evening.
“We need to bring this to a conclusion — today… There is no need for any further bloodshed in this incident tonight.”
Actual photo of Steve Stephens, homicide suspect's, actual vehicle. Please call 9-1-1 if seen. Plate not yet available. pic.twitter.com/hn8a8nQEAP
— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) April 16, 2017
So, how did all of this begin?
Steve “Stevie Steve” Stephens Easter Weekend Killing Spree
The chilling events started on Easter Sunday. Steve Stephens, 37, is now wanted for killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin on Sunday in a residential area east of Cleveland, police said.
There is a warrant for aggravated murder out for his arrest.
In a separate video, Stephens fatally shot an elderly man at random and said he was killing him because of his girlfriend, Joy Lane. Stephens got out of the car, walked up to the elderly man and shot him in the head. He then placed the camera phone over the man to show his bloody body lying on the ground.
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In the video below, Stephens calls a friend and said he “snapped.” In the video, Stephens claimed to have killed several other people prior to talking to his friend on the phone. However, police said they have no knowledge of other victims.
Warning: The video below contains disturbing language.
Cleveland shooter "Stevie Steve" is still alive and casually conversing with his friends. pic.twitter.com/b5nWC9Pq8U
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Stephens did not know the 74-year-old Godwin. The senior had just left his children’s home after eating an Easter meal. He was walking home when he was shot and killed by Steve Stephens, CNN affiliate WOIO reported.
“From what we can tell now, it’s just a random person that he picked out. We don’t know why.”
Cleveland: Interview with a man and woman who said the man killed by Steve Stephens in the FB live video was their 78 yo father. pic.twitter.com/cjb1cuE7td
— Texas Lone Star (@SouthLoneStar) April 16, 2017
Robert Godwin Jr. told WOIO about his father.
“He is a good guy…. He’d give you the shirt off his back and I’m not just saying that for these cameras… This man right here was a good man. I hate he’s gone… I don’t know what I’m going to do… It’s not real.”
Godwin’s daughter, Malisa Godwin, is having a tough time processing the events that have occurred in the last 24 hours.
“It feels like my heart is going to stop.”
The video was posted around 2 p.m. yesterday. Since the incident, Facebook has disabled access to it. A Facebook spokesperson said in a released a statement.
“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.”
A longtime friend and fraternity brother of Stephens’, Gary Jackson, told NBC News that when they spoke last Thursday, everything seemed fine. The frat brothers even made plans to get together this week.
Jackson, 47, said Stephens mentored foster kids at Beech Brook. The children’s mental health center confirmed his employment. They described Steven Stephens as a quiet guy with a good heart who’d never shown any signs of aggression.
*Do not approach suspect if you see him, call 911 immediately.
If you see Steve Stephens dial 9-1-1. If you have tips about the crime or his whereabouts please call the FBI tipline 1-800-Call FBI
— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) April 17, 2017
Cleveland Police Chief told reporters that, “He is considered armed and dangerous, so we want people to be careful out there.”
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