Residents urged to be on alert for Facebook murder suspect

Apr 19, 2017, 01:57

And in 2015, a shooter killed a TV journalist and her cameraman during a live-TV broadcast before posting his own video of the killing on Facebook.

When Steve Stephens uploaded a self-recorded cell phone video of his horrific actions to his Facebook account he transported a mass audience to the crime scene and sparked a media frenzy fueled by social media.

"You really think this whole Steve Stephens thing is fake?"

The FBI has now joined in the hunt, offering a $50,000 reward for any information leading to Stephens' arrest. They say state police tried to pull him over and, after a brief chase, he shot himself.

Police said they have received "dozens and dozens" of tips about Stephens's possible location.

In the video, Stephens told Godwin the name of his girlfriend and said, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you".

"We do not allow this kind of content on Facebook", the company said in a statement provided to CNNTech.

"We would prefer that it had not ended this way because there are a lot of questions I'm sure that, not only the family, but the city in general would've had for Steve as to why this transpired", said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

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

"He's got deep, deep issues", Williams said.

In one video in which he blamed his girlfriend, Stephens said he woke up last week and "couldn't take it anymore".

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In a Facebook post on Monday, Justin Osofsky, Facebook vice president of global opeations, released a statement about the tragic video. The search for murder suspect Steve Stephens put authorities in surrounding states on the lookout. In less than 24 hours, the page had exceeded that goal, raising more than US$33,000 - including US$4500 in a single hour.

The woman Stephens mentioned, Joy Lane, said in a text to CBS that "we had been in a relationship for several years". He said he "just snapped".

At this stage of the manhunt, Burton said local authorities and federal authorities could still be in the process of syncing up information, and delving into the victim's background.

A spokeswoman for the behavior health facility where the suspect in the shooting of an elderly Cleveland man worked says the man underwent an extensive Federal Bureau of Investigation background check before being hired in 2008.

Nancy Kortemeyer, a spokeswoman at Beech Brook, said Sunday night: "We were shocked and horrified to learn of this news today". He filed for bankruptcy two years ago.

(Facebook via AP). This Sunday, April 16, 2017 frame from video posted on Facebook shows Robert Godwin Cleveland moments before being fatally shot.

It's just the latest in a growing list of disturbing videos of murder, suicide, torture and beheading published on Facebook, however briefly, either through live broadcasts or video uploads.

For two days, authorities across the country scrambled to find Stephens, the man wanted for the death of Robert Godwin, a self-taught mechanic and grandfather of 14.

A nationwide manhunt for suspect Steve Stephens was in its third day Tuesday. His whereabouts are still undetermined at present, although police can confirm that he also murdered another civilian in a residential area on East 93rd Street.

Debbie Godwin says her father was retired and had 10 children.