Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

$50K Reward Offered For Facebook Killer Who Posted Video Of Murder Online

$50K Reward Offered For Facebook Killer Who Posted Video Of Murder Online

Stephens, 37, of Cleveland, Ohio, who was described as armed and unsafe, was also placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list, a designation officials hope will help raise public awareness about the case.

Stephens claims to have committed multiple homicides, according to police.

So far, however, police say they are aware of only one shooting victim. "We want this to end with as much peace as we can bring to this right now, and we want him to turn himself in", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters, adding that local authorities were working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and regional law enforcement.

Williams said authorities have yet to determine a motive for the shooting.

Stephens, AKA Stevie Steve, is then reported to have said that his girlfriend drove him to commit the crime.

The FBI has now joined in the hunt, offering a $50,000 reward for any information leading to Stephens' arrest.

Syracuse University professor Roy Gutterman, an expert on media laws and free speech, said Monday that with almost 2 billion users, he doesn't know whether the social network will be able to prevent more violent videos such as the Easter Day shooting from appearing.

Apparently at one point on Monday, Stephens was in contact with the authorities, at which point they urged him to turn himself in.

Police said the woman he referred to was in a safe place.

Stephens is a member of the assertive community treatment team at Beech Brook, a mental health organization in northeast OH, a spokesperson for his employer said.

Nancy Kortemeyer, vice president of marketing and PR at Beech Brook, "We are doing everything we can to help and help locate him".

Beech Brook said its offices will be closed Monday out of concern for the safety of its employees, clients and visitors.

She went on to describe Stephens as having been "kind and loving to me and my children", adding, "This is a very hard time for me and my family". "This is a very hard time for me and my family".

In the video he uploaded to Facebook, Stephens mentions Lane in the moments before the shooting, saying to the victim, "She's the reason why all this about to happen to you".

The suspect in the random Facebook shooting death of an elderly Cleveland man over the weekend worked with young people for years at a behavioral health agency in Pepper Pike, before disappearing Sunday afternoon.

On Monday, Facebook said it disabled Stephens' account within 23 minutes of receiving the first report about the murder video, and two hours after receiving a report of any kind.

Some local media reported that he had boasted on Facebook of killing more than a dozen people in an Easter Day massacre, but authorities said there was no indication of a broader killing spree.

"We received reports about the third video, containing the man's live confession, only after it had ended", he added.

Cleveland police have issued a warrant for Stephens on a charge of aggravated murder.

Stephens doesn't have a criminal record, police said.

Stephens was at large after fleeing in a white Ford Fusion with temporary license plates, police said.

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