A man who allegedly killed an elderly father after he had enjoyed an Easter meal with his children — then posted a video of the killing on Facebook — is the subject of a nationwide manhunt, Cleveland police said Monday.
Steve Stephens, 37, stands charged with Sunday’s aggravated murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin, and police Chief Calvin Williams said law enforcement nationwide are on high alert. The suspect’s mother said that when she last saw Stephens on Saturday, he said it would be a miracle if she ever saw him again. They spoke the next day, she said, and he told her he was shooting people because he was angry with his girlfriend. Williams said Godwin apparently was chosen at random. “We don’t know why.”
Stephens is a black male who is 6-foot-1 and weighs 244 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark blue and gray or black striped polo shirt. He was driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary license plates, Cleveland police said. “He is considered armed and dangerous, so we want people to be careful out there,” Williams told reporters. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to Stephens’ arrest.