The Tragic Facebook Live Video Killing In Cleveland
By Kim Bellware
Authorities on Monday expanded the search for an Ohio man suspected of recording the shooting death of a Cleveland man and sharing the video on Facebook.
Steve Stephens, 37, is wanted for aggravated murder in the Sunday killing of Robert Godwin Sr., a 74-year-old Cleveland man who was walking home from a family Easter gathering around 2 p.m. when police said Stephens shot him for no apparent reason. The manhunt became a national search on Monday.
“All federal, state and local partners are working side by side to do everything humanly possible to find Mr. Stephens,” Stephen Anthony, the FBI special agent in charge of the Cleveland office, said at a news conference Monday. “Obviously, this individual is armed and dangerous.”
An intense manhunt, so far, has been fruitless.
“Quite frankly at this point, he could be a lot of places,” Anthony said. “He could be nearby, he could be far away, anywhere in between.”
Stephens was last seen where police say he shot Godwin, on the city’s northeast side, just north of I-90.
Anthony said “any and all resources” were being used in the search, not only in Cleveland, but throughout the U.S.
Pete Elliott, of the U.S. Marshals Service, said law enforcement pressure was likely to lead to Stephens’ capture.
“We’re going to make this individual’s world very, very, very small,” Elliot said.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams appealed to Stephens directly, asking him to surrender for a peaceful conclusion during a news conference Monday afternoon.
“This is now a national search for Steve. We will leave no stone unturned,” Williams said.