The FBI has arrested the man suspected of shooting four people in Ohio last week after a multi-state manhunt.
Lawrence Police spokeswoman Laura McCabe said Sunday that suspect Stephen A. Marlowe was arrested Saturday night just before 9 p.m. near 23rd Street in Lawrence.
Mr. Marlowe is accused of killing four people in the Butler Township neighborhood early Friday morning, officials said.
Ms McCabe emphasized that the multi-state manhunt: “Clear multi-agency communication at the national and regional levels, followed by proactive teamwork in our patrol division and, ultimately, an officer on alert, resulted in an arrest without incident.”
The spokesman added that the 39-year-old suspect in the quadruple murder is believed to have been in Lawrence by on-duty task force personnel.
Patrol supervisors have started a citywide search. The statement noted that an on-duty officer noticed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle turning east onto W.23rd of Ousdahl Road and relayed the information.
The car that Mr. Marlowe was driving was seen turning into a parking lot off 23rd Street. After he got out of the car, officials said, he was detained peacefully.
The police department added that an outside agency, not its task force, was conducting an investigation.
Butler Township Police said in a statement that Ohio Township Police found multiple crime scenes and four people with gunshot wounds shortly before noon Friday when they arrived at Hardwick Place and Haverstro Street.
The four people – Clyde Knox, Eva Knox, Sarah Anderson and Kayla Anderson – were declared dead at the scene.
The FBI said it believed the suspect fled the area in a 2007 white Ford Edge SUV with an Ohio license plate.
According to the Butler Township Police Department, a video showing the suspect has surfaced online.
“Our investigators have determined that this video was released sometime after yesterday’s incident. We understand that the ideas and language in the video are amazing which is why our investigators are working around the clock to ensure Mr. Marlowe is placed in custody,” police officials said.
He was charged with four counts of aggravated murder in Montgomery County, Ohio, and an official warrant was issued for his arrest.
Marlowe also faces charges of illegal flying to avoid prosecution.