Suspect wanted in four murders captured after multi-state manhunt

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has captured the man suspected of shooting four people to death in Ohio last week following a multi-state manhunt.

Suspect Stephen A Marlow was arrested Saturday night just before 9 p.m. near 23rd Street in Lawrence, Lawrence police spokeswoman Laura McCabe said Sunday.

Marlow has been accused of killing four people in a Butler Township neighborhood early Friday, officials said.

McCabe confirmed the multi-state manhunt, saying, “Clear communication with multiple agencies at the national and regional levels, 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 suspect in the quadruple homicide was believed to be in Lawrence by on-duty task force personnel.

“Patrol officers began a city-wide search. An on-duty officer observed a vehicle matching the vehicle’s description turn eastbound onto W.23rd from Ousdahl Rd and relayed the information, the statement said.

The vehicle driven by Mr Marlow was seen turning into a car park off 23rd Street. After exiting the vehicle, he was safely taken into custody, officials said.

The police department added that an outside agency, and not their task force, was conducting an investigation.

Ohio Township police had found multiple crime scenes and four people with gunshot wounds just before noon on Friday when they reached Hardwicke Place and Haverstraw Avenue, Butler Township police 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 an Ohio license plate.

According to the Butler township police department, a video showing the suspect had appeared on the Internet.

“Our investigators have determined that this video was published sometime after yesterday’s incident. We understand that the ideas and language in the video are alarming, which is why our investigators are working around the clock to ensure Marlow is taken into custody, police officials 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.

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