Cleveland (Ohio) police are looking for a suspect in the murder of an elderly man this Sunday and broadcast it live on Facebook. The 74-year-old victim was allegedly chosen at random while walking down the street. The suspect has fled and authorities in five states have already asked citizens to be on alert. The authorities, who have offered a reward of $ 50,000 in exchange for information on the suspect, consider that "he is armed and dangerous" and ask citizens to take shelter in their homes and do not approach him if they see him.
The suspect in this crime, Steve Stephens, had previously published another video in which he claimed to have murdered 14 other people, although the authorities say they have no proof of this. Stephen, 37, a social worker at a clinic in the city, announced that he would not stop killing until his ex-partner or mother asked him to. Before shooting his victim, identified as Robert Godwin, Stephens asked him to pronounce the name of his ex-girlfriend because "she is the reason for what is about to happen to you."
On his Facebook profile, where his name was Stevie Steve and which the social network has deleted, Stephens posted a message about Joy Lane: "I have spent three years with this bitch, I wish I had never met her." "I've lost everything I had. I'm not going to go into details but I've reached the limit, I'm really into shit. Facebook, you have four minutes to tell me why I shouldn't be on death row. I'm serious. # deathrunner team, "he wrote in another note.
Stephens later went on the run in a White Ford Fusion with temporary license plates and has been described by the authorities as a bald man, with a thick beard, a blue striped shirt and driving a white vehicle. The Cleveland police, which has the support of the FBI, maintains a wide deployment to locate him and has warned that he may be outside of Ohio, in any of the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana or Michigan.
Stephens showed in one of the recordings his identification card from the clinic where he worked, Beech Brook, where he treated minors with mental problems. His ex-partner of the suspect has stated in an interview with CBS News that the two had a relationship for several years and that Steve is "a good guy." “I'm sorry all of this happened. My heart and my prayers go out to the family of the victim. 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. " The woman is in police custody.
The mayor of Cleveland, Frank G. Jackson, appeared before the media with Calvin Williams, a spokesman for the local police, to ask the suspect to surrender to the authorities. “Steve Stephens murdered an older man. I personally want to offer my condolences to the victim's family, ”said the mayor. “We know who Stephens is and we will capture him. You don't need to do more harm to innocent people. Whatever his problems, we are here to discuss them with him. " The mayor added that he wants “this to end as peacefully as possible and we want it to be delivered. This has to end today. "
Those responsible for Facebook have removed the different videos of Stephens from their page. In a statement, the company states that “this is a terrifying crime and we do not allow this type of content on Facebook. We take our responsibility to maintain the safety of users very seriously and we are in contact with authorities in emergencies when there is a direct threat to public safety.
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