The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested the man suspected of fatally shooting four people in Ohio last week after a multi-state manhunt.
Suspect Stephen A Marlow was arrested Saturday night just before 9 p.m. near 23rd Street in Lawrence, Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman Laura McCabe said Sunday.
Marlowe is accused of killing four people in a Butler Township neighborhood early Friday, officials said.
Confirming the multi-state manhunt, Ms McCabe said: “Clear communication from multiple agencies nationally and regionally, followed by proactive teamwork within our patrol division and ultimately an alert officer, resulted in an arrest without incident.”
The spokesman added that the 39-year-old quadruple homicide suspect was believed to be in Lawrence by task force personnel.
“Patrol supervisors have launched a city-wide search. An on-duty officer observed a vehicle matching the vehicle description eastbound on W.23rd from Ousdahl Rd and relayed the information,” the release added.
The vehicle Mr. Marlowe was driving was seen turning into a parking lot on 23rd Street. After exiting the vehicle, he was safely taken into custody, officials said.
The police department added that an outside agency, not their task force, was investigating.
Township police in Ohio found multiple crime scenes and four people with gunshot wounds shortly before noon Friday as they arrived at Hardwicke Place and Haverstraw Avenue, the Butler Township Police Department said in a statement.
The four people – identified as Clyde Knox, Eva Knox, Sarah Anderson and Kayla Anderson – were pronounced dead at the scene.
The FBI said the suspect is believed to have fled the area in a white 2007 Ford Edge SUV with Ohio license plates.
According to the Butler Township Police Department, a video showing the suspect had surfaced online.
“Our investigators have determined that this video was posted shortly after yesterday’s incident. We understand that the ideas and language in the video are shocking and that is why our investigators are working around the clock to ensure that Mr. Marlowe is taken into custody,” officers said.
He was charged with four counts of aggravated murder in Montgomery County, Ohio, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest.
Marlow also faces charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.