Fourth Estate Staff
Cleveland, OH, United States (4E) – A man in Cleveland, Ohio is still being hunted down by police after he took to Facebook Live to show that he killed an elderly man over the weekend.
The suspect broadcasted the killing on Facebook Live at around 2 p.m. He also claimed that he committed other homicides. Authorities did not yet confirm the claims of the man identified as Steve Stephens.
In the video posted on the social media platform, which was taken down later, Stephens walked up to an elderly man on the side of the road. He then asked the man to say a woman’s name, believed to be the name of his ex-wife named Joy Lane. The victim told Stephens he did not know who the woman is but Stephens pulled the trigger and killed the man.
The elderly man tried to plead for his life and shielded his face with a shopping bag he was carrying. Stephens shot him anyway. Stephens said the elderly man was dead because of the woman. The victim was identified as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.
Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams had a press conference on Sunday and revealed more about the situation. The mayor said, “We know who Steve Stephens is and he will be eventually caught. He need not to do anymore harm to any innocent people. Whatever concerns or problems that he’s having, we’re here to have a conversation.”
Williams, on the other hand, said they need Stephens to turn himself in as they want to end the manhunt peacefully. Williams also made it clear that if Stephens will not turn himself in, they have law enforcement agencies as partners and they will find him. All the state, county, and federal officials are now helping in searching for Stephens.
The family of Stephens is now being contacted by the authorities in order to help track him down.
Stephens was described as a 6-foot, 1-inch tall African American. He sported a full beard and weighs 244 lbs.
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