Cleveland, Ohio, police are searching for the man they say is responsible for murdering an elderly man and uploading a video of it on Facebook.
The investigation of began at about 2 p.m. on Sunday when several people reported the disturbing Facebook post. The suspect, who was recently identified by police as Steve Stephens, 37, recorded himself pointing a gun at Robert Godwin Sr., 74. Godwin can be seen raising his hands in attempt to prevent any form of attack before being fatally shot in the head. The killing is believed to be random.
Facebook has since taken down the video and issued a statement, referring to the incident as a horrific crime and insuring such content is prohibited on their site.
“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 Facebook spokesperson said.
Authorities say Stephens could be in at least four other states other than Ohio, including: Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, or Michigan. The suspect’s cell phone detected a ping early Monday in Erie, Pennsylvania, about 100 miles east of Cleveland, according to Pennsylvania police, but Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters he couldn’t confirm that. He stated the Stephens’ last known whereabouts was the murder scene.
Investigators have searched several locations for the suspect, but so far have been unsuccessful. One of William’s detectives have actually spoken to Stephens via cell phone, attempting to convince him to surrender. “We’re still asking Steve to turn himself in, but if he doesn’t, we’ll find him,” the chief said. “We’re not going to stop until we find him.”
Stephens is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities advise residents of any of the five states to stay on high alert. Steve Stephens is a black male who is 6-foot-1 and 244 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark blue and gray or black striped polo shirt. He was driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary license plates.