Who is Steve Stephens, suspect in Cleveland Facebook killing?

Posted April 18, 2017

Steve Stephens, 37, is wanted for aggravated murder for the death of a senior citizen, Robert Godwin Sr., 74, of Cleveland.

Cleveland police are looking for a man accused of shooting and killing another man while he was broadcasting live on Facebook. "I just snapped, I just killed 13 motherf*ckers, man", Steve said while speaking on the phone with an unidentified person in a video posted to Facebook, according to the New York Post.

During a press conference Monday, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said the search for Stephens has expanded beyond Cleveland and into the entire Midwest.

"I just snapped", Stephens says in the video. Stephens is not believed to have known Godwin, a retired foundry worker who media reports said spent Easter Sunday morning with his son and daughter-in-law before he was killed.

State and local police are still searching for Stephens, with authorities and Cleveland Mayor Frank Johnson asking the man to turn himself in.

The FBI said it was assisting in the investigation. Earlier reports indicated police in New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and MI are on the lookout, according to Newsday. Police in Erie, Pennsylvania, said they had been notified of a ping detected from Stephens' cellphone on the east side of Erie County. Stephens is seen in the footage telling Godwin a woman's name and saying, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you".

Officials with the group said Stephens has been employed with the organization as a youth mentor and a vocational specialist since 2008.

Williams said anyone helping hide Stephens will also face charges. In his last video, Stephen said he "snapped" and will continue killing until he is caught.

Stephens is employed at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency in northeastern OH that serves children, teenagers and families, according to a spokeswoman for the facility.

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The footage of the killing was on Facebook for about three hours before being taken down, and Stephens' page has also now been removed from the site.

Stephens worked at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency for children headquartered in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland.

If you see him, call 911.

Police say Stephens should be considered armed and unsafe.

"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook", said a spokesperson for Facebook.

"Any problems he is having, we can have a conversation", Jackson said.

He is driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary tags E363630.

"We want Steven to turn himself in, but if he doesn't we will find him", Williams said.