Philadelphia police say reported sighting was a false alarm

Philadelphia police say reported sighting was a false alarm
Steve Stephens (Source: Cleveland Police)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Philadelphia police say there is no indication murder suspect, Steve Stephens is in the Philadelphia area.

There were reports Stephens was being sought in Fairmount Park. Schools in the area were placed on lockdown as a precaution, police said.

Cleveland police say Stephens shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr., then post the video on Facebook around 2 p.m. Sunday.

Shortly after the video, Stephens went live on Facebook explaining what he did.

Police say Stephens may be out of state. Residents of states of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan are asked to be on alert.

Stephens also claimed to have committed multiple other homicides. Police have not verified that information.

Description of Stephens

  • He is described as a black man
  • 6 foot 1, 244 pounds
  • Bald with a full beard
  • Wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt
  • White or cream-colored SUV

Police said he is considered armed and dangerous. If seen call 9-1-1, do not approach the suspect, authorities said.

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