Cleveland Man Sought After Committing A Homicide On Facebook

On Easter Sunday, a day where people are celebrating with their friends and family, the city of Cleveland was on high alert after a man committed a random homicide and put it on Facebook.

As of Sunday night, the suspect, who has been identified as Steven Stephens, was not in police custody. Stephens committed this random crime around 2 PM when he saw an elderly man who we now know as 74-year-old Robert Godwin, walking down the street. The video on Stephens’ Facebook page, where also claimed to have committed “multiple homicides,” has since been taken down, showed Stephens firing his gun at Godwin. It was first reported that the homicide was broadcast live, but a Facebook spokesperson told CNN it was previously recorded then uploaded to the social media site.

“From what we can tell now, it’s just a random person that he picked out. We don’t know why,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams during a press conference.

Cleveland news station, WOIO, reported Godwin was walking home after leaving his children’s home for an Easter meal.

Stephens is a 6’1 Black male, 244 pounds, has a full beard and is driving a new white Ford Fusion with Ohio temporary tags.

His motive for this random killing is thought to be over his anger towards his girlfriend. His mother, Maggie Green, told CNN she spoke with her son and he said he “mad with his girlfriend. That’s why he is shooting people and he won’t stop until his mother or girlfriend tell him to stop.”

Before shooting Godwin, Stephens told him to say the name Joy Lane, which is thought to be the name of his girlfriend. Police were said to be interviewing her on Sunday.

“He needs to turn himself in so that he can get the help that he needs and he can’t keep victimizing this community based on his issues,” said Williams.
The FBI is helping Cleveland Police in their search for Stephens. Five hours after the shooting, police had hundreds of leads, but not a verified report of a sighting of Stephens.
Cleveland is not on lockdown, but people are being told to be careful and look out for each other. Police are also telling residents of Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York to be on the lookout, as Stephens could possibly be in any of those states.