عثرت الشرطة على سفاح كليفلاند منتحراً بإطلاقه النار على نفسه، بعد أن قتل مسناً على البث المباشر في فيسبوك، واعترف بقتله 12 آخرين من قبل.
ووجدت الشرطة الأميركية الرجل قاتلاً نفسه في سيارته في ولاية بنسلفانيا، بعد أقل من 48 ساعة من بثه الفيديو على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي، ما شكل صدمة كبيرة لدى من شاهدوه.
وقالت السلطات إن شرطة بنسلفانيا رصدت ستيف ستيفينز (37 عاماً) في بلدة إري، وقبل أن يصل عناصر الشرطة إليه أنهى حياته.
واعتبر مدير شرطة كليفلاند كالفن ويليامز أنها "نهاية لم نكن نود حصولها".
وحسب ويليامز، فإن الاختراق في حل هذا اللغز حصل عندما تلقت الشرطة إشعاراً بأن سيارة ستيفينز رصدت في موقف لمكادونلدز. وقال رجال إنفاذ القانون إن هاتف السفاح رصد آخر مرة الأحد مساء قرب إري (160 كلم) شرق كليفلاند.
وكان ستيف ستيفنز المتهم بقتل روبرت جودوين (74 عاماً) على رصيف في مدينة كليفلاند بولاية أوهايو الأميركية قبل أن يلوذ بالفرار في سيارة ويبث تسجيلاً مصوراً لجريمة القتل على فيسبوك ليدفع الشرطة إلى إطلاق عملية مطاردة في أنحاء البلاد.
وقال مسؤولون في كليفلاند إن ستيفنز ليس له سجل جنائي وليس مشتبهاً به في أي جرائم قتل أخرى، خلافاً لما كان قاله ستيفينز. ومن المقرر أن تعلن شرطة كليفلاند تفاصيل أخرى في مؤتمر صحافي في وقت لاحق الثلاثاء.
وقتل الرجل المسن في كليفلاند هو أحدث جريمة عنف تبث عبر فيسبوك ما يثير تساؤلات حول تعامل أكبر شبكة للتواصل الاجتماعي في العالم مع المحتوى.
وقالت الشركة يوم الاثنين إنها ستراجع كيفية مراقبة مقاطع الفيديو العنيفة وغيرها من المواد المستهجنة رداً على واقعة القتل التي ذكرت أنها ظلت متاحة على فيسبوك لحوالي ساعتين قبل الإبلاغ عنها.
50 ألف دولار كانت مكافأة لمن يرشد عن ناشر الرعب وسفاح الفيس بوك
ناشر الرعب عبر الفيس بوك
وأغلق موضوع سفاح كليفلاند - الذي نشر الرعب في ولاية أوهايو الأمريكية، بعد أن نشر فيديو قتل بدم بارد لعجوز، مباشرة على الفيسبوك، وإعترف في فيديو آخر بأنه قتل 13 شخصاً - يتفاعل.
وتوقفت شرطة كليفلاند عن البحث عن القاتل الفيسبوكي، ستيف ستيفنز، بعد أن عممت صورته، بالإضافة إلى صورة سيارته البيضاء مع رقمها ونوعها.
50 ألف دولار مكافأة لمن يرشد عن ناشر الرعب وسفاح الفيس بوك
وفجر الثلاثاء نشرت الشرطة على حسابها الرسمي على تويتر، تغريدة على لسان قائد الشرطة، طالبت فيها كل من يرى ستيف بالاتصال برقم الطوارئ 911.
كما أعلن عمدة المدينة في مؤتمر صحفي أنه تم وضع مبلغ 50 ألف دولار كمكافأة من قبل الأف بي آي والشرطة لكل من يدلي بمعلومات مفيدة وهامة عن مكان تواجد القاتل الثلاثيني.
إلى ذلك، أعلنت شرطة المدينة أنها في حملة وطنية من أجل البحث عن ستيف، وأنها لن تترك زاوية إلا وستبحث فيها من أجل القبض عليه.
يذكر أن الأحد صعق العالم برمته، بفيديو بث على حساب ستيف ستيفنز، رجل ثلاثيني أسود، وهو ينفذ عملية قتل بدم بارد بحق رجل يبلغ من العمر 78 عاماً، ويدعى روبيرت غودوين، الذي صعقت عائلته لاحقاً بالخبر بعد رؤيتها الفيديو الذي إنتشر كالنار في الهشيم.
“Easter Day Slaughter” – Cleveland Killer Shoots Man On Facebook Live
Facebook murder: manhunt for killer who livestreamed himself shooting elder on Cleveland street
A manhunt was underway for a suspect who police say killed an elderly man on the street Sunday while streaming it live on Facebook.
Law enforcement is searched the Cleveland area and beyond for Steve Stephens, the suspect police say walked up to the man and shot him while on video, said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.
The victim has been identified as 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr.
Cleveland Police are searched for the cold-blooded killer who filmed himself shooting an elderly man on Facebook Live. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Steve Stephens has claimed to be on an “Easter Day Slaughter” killing spree, saying he’d murdered a dozen people.
In the horrifying video, Stephens is seen driving down the road saying, “Found me somebody I’m going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude.” He then exits his vehicle, talks to the man and pulls out a gun.
As the man tries to shield himself, Stephens shoots him in the head. Later the man is seen bleeding on the ground as Stephens walks back to his car and drives off.
The victim has been identified by police as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. According to Cleveland Police Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia, authorities haven’t verified any other killings by Stephens.
The 74-year-old victim's family paid a tearful tribute to the "good man"
The killer should be considered armed and dangerous, said the police. Anyone who spots him is warned not to approach Stephens. People with any information are urged to call 911 immediately.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson publicly urged Stephens to turn himself into police and not to “do anymore harm to anybody.”
“Any problems he is having, we can have a conversation,” Jackson said.
In the video, Stephens said he “snapped” over a woman and claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people. Williams said police have not verified that information.
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“There are no more victims that we know are tied to him,” he added.
The chief also said they’ve been talking with Stephens’ friends and family.
“What happened today was senseless,” Williams said.
Authorities say Stephens broadcast the video live on the social media network Sunday afternoon. It was up for about three hours before it was removed. Stephens Facebook page has also been removed.
This is not the first time Facebook Live has been used to broadcast violence or death. In January, four people in Chicago were arrested after they allegedly beat and taunted a mentally disabled man live on the social media site. Then in March, a 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said.
“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook,” said a spokesperson for Facebook. “We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”
Police say Stephens should be considered armed and dangerous.
Williams said Stephens may be driving a newer model white Ford Fusion, possibly with a temporary license plate. He is described as a black man with a bald head and beard, standing 183cm and weighing 110kg.
Cleveland murder suspect Steve Stephens kills himself after pursuit
Steve Stephens, the Cleveland killer who posted video of the slaying on Facebook, killed himself in Pennsylvania after a police chase, officers said Tuesday.
Someone spotted Stephens' white Ford Fusion in the parking lot of a McDonald's near Erie and called authorities, Pennsylvania State Police said.
Stephens fled, and state troopers gave chase. One trooper performed a "PIT" maneuver, a strategic way of ramming a car to disable it.
"As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head," Pennsylvania State Police said.
For two days, authorities across the country scrambled to find Stephens, the man wanted for the death of Robert Godwin, a self-taught mechanic and grandfather of 14.
"We're grateful that this has ended," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said. "We would prefer that it had not ended this way because there are a lot of questions, I'm sure, that not only the family but the city in general would have had for Steve."
Godwin's daughter Brenda Haymon learned of Stephens' death as she was planning funeral arrangements for her father.
"All I can say is that I wish he had gone down in a hail of 100 bullets," Haymon said. "I wish it had gone down like that instead of him shooting himself."
Godwin, 74, was shot Sunday while walking home from an Easter meal with his children in Cleveland. Stephens later posted video of the elderly man's death on Facebook.
'I think that's the guy'
The McDonald's where Stephens was first spotted is about 5 miles from where he took his life.
Thomas DuCharme Jr., the franchise owner, said Stephens ordered chicken nuggets and fries at the McDonald's drive-thru window in Harborcreek Township, and employees recognized him and called the police.
The employee said " 'I think that's the guy. Can you double check I'm right?' " DuCharme said. "When I saw him I knew it was him. It fits the profile. He didn't look that different than the picture but his beard was trimmed down."
Stephens was two cars behind in the drive-thru lane to pick up food, and by this time, the police were on their way, DuCharme said.
Stephens took his nuggets, but employees told him he had to wait for the fries. They were trying to give police time to arrive, DuCharme said. But Stephens didn't wait and he drove away, the owner said.
DuCharme said Stephens looked suspicious.
"I've been doing this for 34 years. [Stephens] didn't want his money, he wanted the nuggets and to leave," he said.
The last thing he said 'is my name'
On Tuesday, two of Godwin's daughters, Debbie Godwin and Tonya Godwin-Baines, met with Joy Lane, the woman who identified herself as Stephens' former girlfriend, as reported.
The women, who didn't know each other, hugged, prayed and cried.
"The hashtags Joy Lane, Joy Lane massacre -- I don't even know who Joy Lane is anymore, or how to pick up all the pieces of my world at this moment," Lane said, the station reported. "I've got a lot of negative comments. Some even said he should have killed me."
WJW said Lane told Godwin's daughters: "I feel bad. The last thing he would have said is my name and he didn't know me or why he was saying [it]."
She and Stephens had dated for a while, Lane said. They last talked on Saturday night. Stephens told Lane he had quit his job and was moving out of state, she said.
Lane told WJW she tried to reach Stephens after the video surfaced on Facebook but he didn't answer his phone.
Earlier in the week, Lane told multiple news agencies she was "overwhelmed" by the tragedy.
"Steve really is a nice guy. ... He is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children," she told CBS News.
Cleveland police said earlier this week that they had spoken to Lane, and she was safe and cooperating with the investigation. Lane's neighbors told that Stephens often stayed at her Twinsburg home with her three young girls. One resident said Stephens was there recently, fixing the home's garage.
Suspect cited anger with his girlfriend
The police chief said Stephens apparently chose Godwin at random.
Stephens' mother, Maggie Green, said her son stopped by her house Saturday and gave her a cryptic message.
"He said this (was) the last time I was going to see him," Green said.
They spoke briefly again the next day, his mother said. Before Green's phone died, Stephens told her he was "shooting people" because he was "mad with his girlfriend," his mother said, referring to Lane.
Later Sunday, Stephens uploaded a video to his Facebook page showing a gun pointed at a man's head.
Family: Shooting victim 'stripped of his dignity'
Stephens asked the victim to say Lane's name.
"She's the reason why this is about to happen to you," Stephens said.
The gunman then fires the weapon. Godwin recoils and falls to the ground.
Stephens claimed on Facebook that he had killed more people, but police don't know of any other victims.
Stephens had many traffic violations but no criminal record, police said.
Zuckerberg: 'We have a lot of work'
The video Stephens posted of the slaying stayed online for more than two hours before Facebook removed it, sparking widespread criticism of the company.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about Godwin's death Tuesday at the company's annual developers' conference, the F8.
"We have a lot of work, and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening," Zuckerberg said on stage.
"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr."
The gunman's ties to Erie
Erie, about 100 miles northeast of Cleveland, may seem like a random place for Stephens to go. But the gunman had been a regular at Erie's Presque Isle Downs & Casino, Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Wayne Kline said.