Cleveland, Ohio – Police and the FBI are on a manhunt for Steve Stephens, a man who heartlessly recorded and killed an innocent 74-year-old man in broad daylight on Easter Sunday afternoon. The video went viral Sunday after it was seen on Facebook.
Before Stephens pulled the trigger, he asked the victim Robert Goodwin, Sr. to say “Joy Lane”, blaming her for the reason he was about to shoot Mr. Godwin. Joy Lane was Stephens long time girlfriend.
Joy Lane broke her silence and sent a text to CBS news:
We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s). Steve really is a nice guy… he is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family Please respect our privacy at this time.
The video shows Mr. Robert Godwin, Sr., walking on a sidewalk with a plastic bag in one hand before Stephens approached him, pulled out a gun and shot him. After he shot him, the serial killer showed the man lying down on the ground with blood all over his body.
An aggravated murder warrant has been issued for Stephens and officials believe that now he may have left the state.
They are warning residents in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, and New York to be on alert for this armed and dangerous man.
Steve Stephens is described as a black male, 6’1, and weighs about 244 pounds. He is bald with a full beard. Last seen wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt.
The suspects vehicle is a white Ford Fusion with temporary tag E363630. It is white or cream colored.
Stephens posted updates in between videos. This is one of his posts before his Facebook page was deactivated, saying “This sh** is real, ” and “I just killed another that makes 13.”
Police have not found any other victims but are searching multiple areas. Stephens is an case manager for a behavioral health agency Beech Brook and was wearing his work badge during the video.
“He is considered armed and dangerous, so we want people to be careful out there,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said.
If you see the suspect, call 911 immediately.