Friday, 15 December 2017

Cleveland police hunt man who posted killing video on Facebook

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OHIO: Police are hunting an “armed and dangerous” man who appears to have shot dead a stranger in the street and uploaded it to Facebook. The suspect, Steve Stephens, is on the run and has claimed to have committed more than a dozen other killings, according to police in Cleveland, Ohio. The video shows a man pulling over in a car as he says “find me somebody to kill, gonna kill this guy right here. He’s an old dude”. He gets out and asks the man: “Do me a favour: can you say Joy Lane?” “Joy Lane?” he asks. “Yeah,” says the killer. “She’s the reason this is about to happen to you.” He then asks him how old he is. The man goes silent for a few seconds, before saying ” Look, I don’t know anybody by that name” – as he tries to shield himself with a bag. A gunshot is heard and the camera pans over the pavement to show the man lifeless on the ground with a head wound.

“That mother****** there because of you, Joy,” says the killer – who then gets back in his car. Police have named the victim as Robert Godwin Sr, 74. suspectThe victim’s son, Robert Godwin Jr, told Cleveland.com that he father was probably collecting cans when he was killed. “I haven’t watched the video. I haven’t even looked at my cellphone or the news,” he said. “I don’t really want to see it.” The public is being warned not to approach Steve Stephens – who officials say works for a behavioral health agency that supports families and children. He is described as a black male, 6ft 1ins and 244lbs with a full beard. He is believed to be driving a white Ford Fusion. Stephens claimed in Facebook posts to have killed at least 14 people, but police said they had not yet found any more victims. In a news conference, they appealed to him not to hurt anyone else, and to turn himself in. “There’s no need for any further bloodshed,” they said. The video of the killing was up for about three hours before it was removed. Police initially said Stephens had live streamed the killing on the social network, but Facebook later confirmed the clip had been uploaded. The company called it a “horrific crime” and said that it worked hard to “keep a safe environment” on the site.

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