UPDATE 04/18/17

CLEVELAND (AP) —

Pennsylvania State Police say the suspect in the random killing of a Cleveland retiree posted on Facebook has shot and killed himself after a brief pursuit.

State police say Steve Stephens was spotted Tuesday morning by state police in Erie County, in the state’s northwest corner. Authorities say police tried to pull Stephens over and, after a brief pursuit, he shot and killed himself.

Stephens was wanted on an aggravated murder charge in the shooting death of a 74-year-old retired man in Cleveland on Sunday.

He posted video of that shooting on Facebook.


ORIGINAL STORY

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities in several states were on the lookout Monday for a man police say shot a Cleveland retiree collecting aluminum cans and then posted video of the apparently random killing on Facebook.

“He could be nearby. He could be far away or anywhere in between,” FBI agent Stephen Anthony said on Day 2 of the manhunt for Steve Stephens, a 37-year-old job counselor for teens and young adults.

Police said Stephens killed Robert Godwin Sr., a 74-year-old former foundry worker, on Sunday.

Robert Godwin, Sr. pictured below:

Godwin moments before he was killed by Stephens:

 

Investigators said that Godwin was the only victim so far linked to Stephens, despite the suspect’s claim in a separate video on Facebook that he killed over a dozen people.

Officers searched dozens of places around the city and spoke with the suspect by cellphone, police said.

Police Chief Calvin Williams warned residents to be careful as the go about their day.

Authorities also warned people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be alert for Stephens, who was wanted on a charge of aggravated murder.

“We’re going to make this individual’s world very, very small,” said U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott.

Godwin apparently was shot while out picking up cans in a plastic shopping bag, his daughter said.

“Not because he needed the money, it was just something he did,” said 52-year-old Debbie Godwin. “That’s all he was doing. He wasn’t harming anyone.”

She said her father, who had 10 children, was a gentle man with nothing mean about him. “We called him the junk man,” she said. “He’d pick up things off the street and fix them. He picked up bikes and he fixed them.”

The motive for the shooting wasn’t entirely clear from the shaky video, in which Stephens told Godwin a woman’s name and said, “She’s the reason that this is about to happen to you.” Godwin did not seem to recognize the woman’s name.

The suspect then pointed a gun at Godwin, who shielded his face with the plastic bag.

The woman Stephens mentioned, Joy Lane, said in a text to CBS that “we had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened.”

She also said Stephens was “a nice guy” who was generous to everyone and was “kind and loving” to her and her children.

Facebook said the video was posted after the killing but wasn’t broadcast on Facebook Live as police initially indicated. The suspect did go live on the social media site at another point Sunday.

The video of the killing was on Facebook for about three hours before it was taken down. Stephens’ Facebook page also was eventually removed.

“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook,” the company said. “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.”

In the separate video, Stephens said: “I killed 13, so I’m working on 14 as we speak.”

Police said they have not verified any other shootings or deaths.

Stephens worked at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency headquartered in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland. He helped young people develop job skills and find employment, said Beech Brook spokeswoman Nancy Kortemeyer.

An extensive background check before he was hired turned up nothing worrisome, she said.

“We just hope Mr. Stephens is apprehended as quickly as possible so that no one else is injured,” she said.

In one of the videos, Stephens could be seen holding up his employee identification and said: “I’m killing with my Beech Brook badge on, too.”

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35 thoughts on “Man Sought In Cleveland Facebook Killing Is Dead

  1. specialt757 on said:

    I hate the fact that they have his picture for everyone to see. It should be the one with Mr. Godwin SR and his daughter. This POS doesn’t deserve a pic up with him smiling. He is satan’s emp.
    TAKE DOWN THAT PHOTO!!!!!

  2. Ms Curly on said:

    To bad he didn’t off himself on Saturday, he is the true definition of a coward. I truly wanted him to suffer. God will handle the rest!!

  3. Wilson on said:

    I’m singing the tune from the Wizard of Oz, “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead.” But changed it to “Ding Dong the Son of A Bitch is Dead”

  4. to the gert jonkers and fantastic man magazine. another editor from more magazine abby perlman got involved in dirty business with crazy cbs anchor otis livingston to rob fantastic man magazines’s employees bank accounts. never trust abby perlmen and otis livingston they bouth belong in jail.

  5. ButterPecan on said:

    I send sincere condolences to this family for their tragic loss! If he had just killed himself before he shot that elder! I hope he burns eternally in hell!

  6. So I wasn’t going to comment on this POS but sit.

    White people don’t have a lock on TRASH. We got some serious TRASH in our neighborhoods TOO! REAL DEVILS! I’m around Tom Joyner’s age and a few years ago a friend told me he couldn’t stand the young people. I was not there yet but THIS SIT brings me close. Up here in Jersey young people show disdain for older people. I have no problem cause I CAN TAKE CARE!

    The sit that POS did Sunday was so mean and hateful and out of line-I only have two words to ALL WHITE POLICE- CARD BLANC.

    If they take that motha and filet his ass, NOBODY in the African American community should have a word to say.

    See these are the WORST KIND of fukkers. Those that live and sleep in our neighborhoods.
    Those that do anything they can [for their own selfish reasons] to help keep African America DOWN! 180 THE OPPOSITE OF THE TOM JOYNERS of this world. No love OR RESPECT should they be afforded.

    Peace

  7. Rest in Peace, Mr. Godwin and condolences to your family and loved ones. The alleged killer was foolish to post this on Facebook, he must either be suicidal or have a strong desire to be caught. Don’t blame Facebook and other social media for stupid criminals, blame the stupid criminals.

  8. I sure hope he ain’t breed no little ones. Can’t imagine the evil genes flowing through his kids. Help us all if they grow up to be just like his funky ass

  9. NO!!! he doesn’t have mental issue’s he’s just and evil, selfish piece of shit, how are you going to blame an innocent individual for your own failures and short comings, you gambled away your money your GF left you instead of being the looser that you are do the noble thing for once in your life and stick that gun in your own mouth

  10. Barbara Hicks on said:

    SMH! No regards for a humans life. Why not just killed himself instead of taking an innocence man that was minding his own business. I see why his girlfriend broke up with him, he has mental issues.

  11. OMG–I hope they find this POS who killed an innocent elderly man for NO APPARENT REASON.

    There is something wrong in Society these days and definitely something wrong with the people.
    This man’s mother should have considered using birth control or have ABORTED him!!!!!!!!

    Since he is considered armed and dangerous–this is one time that I will condone the cops shooting and killing him on sight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jackie parks on said:

      Too many of these black boys are control by their mamas. I believe this is one of them. There got to be something in the way she taught him, that he turn out this way. I see it all the time, the way black mamas handle their children, especially the sons. I guess it is the absent of the father that is taking out on the son.

      • Couondter to Jackie Park's dumb comment on said:

        Ok. Jackie Parks, you are just as dumb as a rock or your brains have been eaten by the roaches you obviously cater to. There are plenty of men, of any ethnicity,
        who have been raised without fathers. That has nothing to do with his deed. You BIG dummy!

      • msyellarose on said:

        Have you considered that the fathers may be absent because they are sorry excuses for “parents” who are incapable of raising a child at all? Perhaps abandoned the children? may have been a danger to the kid or the mom? One night stand irresponsibility on both sides? Was never told kids existed? We don’t know the circumstances. Besides, I’ve seen plenty of psychopaths from two parent homes also. Truth is, this act was pure evil, and that is no one’s fault but his own.

      • Jackie Parks, don’t use this horrible crime to express your hatred for single mothers, particularly black mothers. His crime has nothing to do with his mother or his race. A background check did not reveal a criminal history. I believe he is mentally ill, snapped for some reason which does not avail him of any responsibility. it’s all his as if he felt mental about whatever transpired in his life, he should have taken himself out period. So your racist rant only says volumes about YOU! Hateful ass that you are. Ted Bundy and Timothy McVeigh had a mommy and daddy yet no one could argue their crimes were the parents fault or their race. Its human pathology, a cryin’ shame the way someone lost their life. Remember, free speech is allowed but you are accountable for what you say as it doesn’t benefit you much at all.

      • Heyyou! on said:

        Hey Jackass parks well white women must have raised a lot of sons without their dads because those clown kill their wives, children, inlaws, parents, dogs, cats, birds, etc. So don’t blame the absentee father on that son of a bitch life. Hell I raised two boys without their father and they turned out just fine. In other words they haven’t killed, robbed, went to jail, or anything like that. I bet you have a couple of half breed kids huh. better watch them They may turn out to be killahs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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