McDonald's order trips up Facebook slaying suspect

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

The multi-state manhunt for Steve Stephens, the so-called "Facebook killer", came to an abrupt end Tuesday morning after an employee at a Pennsylvania McDonald's recognized him.

Tonya R. Godwin-Baines and Debbie D. Godwin said they know Lane did nothing wrong and wanted her to know it. However, Steve Stephens wouldn't wait any longer. He had eluded capture since Sunday when he allegedly fatally shot 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. and posted it on Facebook.

They knocked him off the road with a "precise immobilization technique" (PIT) maneuver after a two-mile chase, at which point he shot himself.

Ardella Driscoll says she heard a gunshot and ran outside and saw Robert Godwin Senior laying on the ground right across the street from her home.

Neighbor, Yvette Whatlow said she was scared for her grandbabies and anybody to be outside following the shooting.

Steve Stephens was the centre of a huge police manhunt in the USA after the shooting of a pensioner in Cleveland.

Investigators said that Godwin was the only victim so far linked to Stephens, despite his claim on Facebook that he killed over a dozen people. Driscoll says she then saw a man holding a cellphone run back to his white vehicle and take off. The one officer just shook his head. "They had their guns out but when he shook his head, they lowered their guns". Stephens' cellphone had been tracked Sunday afternoon near Erie, officials said on Monday.

At a conference of Facebook developers Tuesday in California, billionaire CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company was developing artificial intelligence methods for screening postings of videos and photographs for violent content, with a view to speeding up the process of internal censorship. The suspect's account was disabled within 23 minutes of the first report, the social media giant said.

"I don't want that man to die, I want him brought to justice", one of Godwin's sons, Robby Miller, told CNN.

"We can not resolve this underlying issue of violence, particularly gun violence if we do not function and operate and have the same compassion and commitment that we've shown here", said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. Godwin did not seem to recognize the name.

"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 told the affiliate. Detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said. Up to US$50,000 had been offered for information leading to his arrest.

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