Police in Cleveland were searching for a homicide suspect who they said broadcast a killing on Facebook Live and claimed to have committed “multiple other homicides” that authorities had yet to verify. He is described as a black man with a bald head and beard, standing 6 foot 1 inch and weighing 240 pounds.
The suspect, named by police as Steve Stephens, 37, announced on social media at 3pm yesterday that he had “finally found somebody I’m going to kill”.
A particularly contentious example of the latter came last year, when Facebook and Instagram granted an emergency request from the Baltimore Police Department to suspend the accounts of 23-year-old Korryn Gaines.
“What happened today was senseless“, Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said. Anyone who spots the suspect is asked to call 911 immediately.
Green said she told her son to stop.
Also Sunday, police in the capital, Columbus, said they want witnesses to come forward to help them identify suspects in a club shooting that wounded nine people.
Asking them to let his boss know he wouldn’t be at work the next day he posted, “I’m sorry team but I’m to far gone [sic]”.
“We will look until we find him”, Williams said.
In a separate video, Stephens said he also killed more than a dozen other people.
It’s not clear whether Facebook acted on its own to remove the posts, or reacted to requests from local law enforcement officials to take them down. Police warned the public not to approach him as he was considered armed and unsafe.
“He is considered armed and risky, so we want people to be careful out there”, Williams said.
The company called it a “horrific crime” and said that it worked hard to “keep a safe environment” on the site.
A children’s mental health case worker at a facility called Beech Brook in northeastern Cleveland, Stephens appeared to have started cracking up several days ago when he posted on Facebook tagging his co-workers. “I know, Steve, that you have a relationship with some of our clergy in Northeast Ohio“.
He broadcast another video of himself about 3 p.m. claiming to have killed other people, but an hours-long search of vacant homes in the Glenville neighborhood had turned up no evidence to substantiate that claim, police said. “To think that one of our employees could do this is terrible”.
Kortemeyer could not provide any details on the length of Stephens’ employment at Beech Brook, or his specific job title.