Manhunt underway for man who livestreamed homicide
- Author: Annette Adams Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 0:34
Cleveland cops on Sunday were hunting a man who they believe shot and killed another person in a horrifying, Easter afternoon attack - that was brazenly broadcast live on Facebook.
Now, police are desperately hunting for the man who killed Godwin and uploaded the video on Facebook, while Godwin's friends and family are trying to make sense of the senseless death of the 74-year-old man.
"We don't know where he's at", Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference this morning, adding that police are asking for the public's help in finding him. "I just killed 13 motherf*ckers man".
In the video, Stephens says a woman is the motive behind the shooting.
Godwin's son said he could not watch the video of his father getting shot.
A ping from the cellphone of a behavioral health worker who randomly killed a Cleveland grandfather and posted video of the execution on Facebook has been detected in Pennsylvania, according to a report.
"Any problems he is having, we can have a conversation", Jackson said.
Police searched vacant homes in Stephens' neighborhood, but didn't find more victims, cleveland.com said.
The New York Post is reporting that investigators told CNN Monday that the suspect's cell phone indicated he had since been in Erie, Pennsylvania, about an hour east of Cleveland, but OH news station WKYC 3 is now reporting that information is not accurate. Williams said police have not verified that information. Stephens' videos and posts related to the incident have since been removed from the platform.
"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
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. "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 spokesman said in a statement.
"He said this is the last time I was going to see him", Green told CNN. An aggravated murder warrant has been issued for him.
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".
Stephens also mentioned his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, in one of his Facebook posts. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim (s).
The FBI and other agencies are assisting in the investigation.