The Cleveland authorities have begun a nationwide manhunt for Steve Stephens, the man whom the authorities believe he gunned down a suspect while broadcasting his despicable performance using Facebook’s live streaming service. Allegedly, the movie depicting the murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. remained approximately three hours on Stephens’ Facebook account, before the moderator removed it.
Cleveland Chief of Police Calvin Williams said that the search for one man quickly turned into a nationwide manhunt given the sadistic character in which the Cleveland gunner decided to execute his victim, a 74-year-old man, whom, apparently, Stephens knew.
The details of Stephens’ deed are gut-wrenching, showing that even a good man can transform into a blood-thirsty monster. According to the ongoing investigation, it appears that Stephens’ murder was premeditated and, in a twisted way, seems to be his revenge on a former girlfriend.
On the 16th of April, early in the morning, Stephens was driving around Cleveland, armed with his handgun, when he spotted an elderly man returning from the supermarket. The Cleveland gunner pulled over the car, got off, and went to start a conversation with the individual.
According to the investigators, the man approached 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. with the intent of asking him a small favor. Stephens told Godwin Sr. that he’s doing a life broadcast and asked him to say the name of Joy Lane out loud.
Believing that the man was probably recording something for his significant other, Godwin Sr. spoke the lady’s name out loud, while Stephens was recording. Growing more and more curious about the man’s odd request, Godwin Sr. asked Stephens about Joy Lane.
With steely eyes, the Cleveland gunner turned towards the defenseless man and told him that she’s the main reason why he must kill him. Before pulling the trigger, the Cleveland gunner asked Godwin Sr. his age.
The brutal video shows how Stephens shot Godwin Sr. multiple times and quickly fled the scene. According to Calvin Williams, Cleveland’s Chief of Police, the need to located and apprehend the dangerous individual grow direr as Stephens claimed, during his live stream, that the 74-year-old man wasn’t his only victim and that he killed at least 15 other people.
Although there is no way to verify the man’s statements, Williams said that Stephens is dangerous and must be locked away before he kills again. To this end, Williams declared that the Cleveland Police is ready to reward anyone who offers a tip that might lead to Stephens’ capture with $50,000.
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