What we know about the Cleveland homicide broadcast on Facebook: Photos, video

April 17, 2017: This is the complete news conference held by Cleveland police this morning in their continues manhunt for Steve Stephens.

CLEVELAND - As officials continue to hunt for a man who police suspect of allegedly posting a video of a homicide on Facebook Sunday, here's what we know:

The suspect:

  • Steve Stephens, 37, described as being 6'1", weighing 244 pounds, bald with a full beard, wearing a dark striped polo shirt
  • Currently considered armed and dangerous
  • Driving a white Ford Fusion with a temporary tag E363630
  • If you see him, call 911 immediately. Do not approach him.
  • At a Sunday evening press conference, police asked Stephens to turn himself in. 
  • In the video, Stephens can be seen holding up an employee ID for Beech Brook, a youth behavioral health agency. Officials from the organization confirm Stephens has been employed since 2008 with the group as a youth mentor and a vocational specialist since 2008. He was not a licensed social worker in the state.
  • An aggravated murder warrant has been issued for Stephens. 

The video:

WKYC has edited the clip below from the original video posted on Facebook, but some users may still may find the edited footage difficult to watch. 

The incident:

  • Occurred at 695 East 93rd Street Sunday afternoon
  • Stephens broadcast the killing by posting a video of the incident on his personal Facebook page, which has since been taken down. He later went live on the platform with updates. 
  • He claimed to have committed other homicides, but authorities said at this time there are no known additional victims.

The victim:

  • Identified as 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr. 

The search: 

  • Authorities continue to search nationwide.
  • A $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Stephens.
  • Stephens may be out of state at this time, authorities said. Residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and Michigan should stay alert. 
  • The Ohio Department of Transportation has added a digital alert message on signs on highways across Cleveland (MOBILE USERS: click here to view

  • People are encouraged to provide tips to local law enforcement agencies. 

 

WKYC will continue to update this story as it becomes available. 

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