August 11, 2022

USA: The Suspect Wanted In A Quadruple Murder Who Were Shot To Death In Two Homes On The Same Street In Montgomery County, Ohio Has Been Captured And Charged. Neighbors Are Shookup

WLWT published August 10, 2022: Police: Man charged with murder after 4 fatally shot in Butler Township. Police said 39-year-old Stephen Alexander Marlow, was arrested by local police in Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday.
written by WHIO Dayton staff
Wednesday August 10, 2022

Butler Twp. Police Chief John Porter said there is a “long way to go” in the investigation into the quadruple fatal shooting at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Porter was joined by members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Vandalia Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a media advisory from an FBI spokesperson.

Stephen Marlow, 39, has been named the primary suspect in the killings of Clyde and Eva Knox, and Sarah and Kayla Anderson. All four were shot and killed at two homes on Hardwicke Place Friday.

Porter said Wednesday that he was not aware of the personal relationship between Marlow and any of the victims or what the extent of his previous interaction with any of them beyond being their neighbor.

Investigators are looking back at as much of Marlow’s history as possible. Porter said that over the last five years, officers had six to eight contacts at Marlow’s parents’ home on Haverstraw Avenue, but now all contacts were with Marlow himself.

Marlow has been charged with 13 counts in Vandalia Municipal Court including:
  • 8 counts of aggravated murder
  • 4 counts of aggravated burglary
  • 1 count of weapons under disability
Porter said Wednesday that Marlow faces two counts of aggravated murder for each victim. One count is for committing aggravated murder while committing aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and the other is for committing aggravated murder while committing aggravated burglary and causing serious harm.

Marlow has been charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Porter said there is the potential for additional state or federal charges.

Following a nationwide manhunt, Marlow was taken into custody Saturday night by police in Lawrence, Kansas.

Prior to being caught, Porter said they had received tips and information that made them believe Marlow was in the Lawrence area.

Porter said a Lawrence police officer spotted Marlow’s vehicle and made a traffic stop on it. He said Marlow got out of his vehicle, followed the officer’s commands, and was safely taken into custody.

On Wednesday, officials were unable to speak on where Marlow got the weapon he used in the shooting. Additionally, they could not comment on if Marlow had weapons on him when he was taken into custody because they haven’t gotten all the evidence information back from Kansas.

Daryl McCormick, Special Agent in Charge at ATF, said investigators are looking into how Marlow was able to get a gun since he was a prohibited person due to a prior felony conviction.

An official from the FBI said the there was documentation of Marlow sending letters to their agency. The official said the couldn’t confirm if any letters made it to any offices, but they were looking into where those letters may have gone.

Porter declined to discuss the contents of the manifesto Marlow allegedly wrote.

Porter told media Wednesday that this investigation has been stressful for the entire department, as well as assisting departments.

“It’s very taxing and takes a very big toll on everybody,” Porter said.

Wednesday’s press conference will come 90 minutes after Marlow’s second court appearance in Douglas County, Kansas where Marlow’s lawyer said his client intends to waive extradition. Porter said they have not made plans for extradition as there is still at least one more court appearance Marlow’s extradition is officially waives.

Anyone with information about Marlow or the incident are asked to call 1-800-225-5324 or (937)-222-7867.
WLWT published August 6, 2022: FBI gives update on Butler Township quadruple murder.

Springfield News Sun
written by Aimee Hancock
Saturday August 6, 2022

BULLETIN: The suspect in the killings of four Butler Twp. residents on Friday was captured late Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas, police said. Here is the latest story on his capture.

EARLER STORY: Police today continue to investigate the shooting of four people in a Butler Twp. neighborhood on Friday as they look for the man named a person of interest in the case.

Here’s what we know today:

--- Police cruisers and a trailer with cameras remain in the neighborhood around Hardwicke Place and Haverstraw Avenue. The Butler Twp. Police Department is leading the investigation with the help of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

--- Police are looking for Stephen Marlow, who was named the person of interest in the shooting. He is a white male, 39 years old and approximately 5′11″, 160 pounds with short brown hair and was last seen wearing shorts and a yellow t-shirt. Marlow is believed to have fled the area in a white 2007 Ford Edge SUV bearing Ohio license plate JES9806.

He is considered armed and dangerous.

In a statement today from the Butler Twp. police, they said Marlow may have fled Ohio.

--- At a 6 p.m. Saturday press conference, Butler Twp. Chief Porter said, “I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the families who lost loved ones yesterday. This has been a difficult time for all of us in the community and surrounding areas. All of us here at the Butler Twp. Police Department, as well as all of our local state and federal partners here today are working continuously to provide justice for all of the victims and their families. The victims families have been notified and victim specialists are working with them to provide resources and support.

He said Marlow remained the primary suspect in the shooting. They believe following the shooting he traveled west on Intestate 70.

Porter said police are aware that Marlow released a video on the internet some time after the shooting where he discussed why he shot the four people. He said dozens have been interviewed about Marlow.

“We understand the ideas and languages in the video are startling. And that is why our investigators are working around the clock to ensure Mr. Marlow is brought into custody,” Porter said.

Porter said he had a message for Marlow, “I want you to know that we want to help you. You have the ability resolve the situation peacefully if you turn yourself into law enforcement as soon as possible. Again, we want to end this peacefully. Now is the right time to call 911 and turn yourself in.”

--- Porter said killed in the shooting were Clyde Knox, 82, Eva Knox, 78, Sarah Anderson, 41, and a Kayla Anderson, 15. The Knox couple was killed in their home and the Andersons were killed in a separate home.

Vandalia school superintendent Robert O’Leary said the district has provided counselors and therapists for students and their families and will continue this through next week.

“Yesterday we tragically lost a member of the aviator family and our hearts prayers and supports are with the Anderson family. Kayla’s friends, her classmates and all of our students. In the words of those who knew her best Kayla was a friend to many. She was kind and as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She was a ray of light.”

“Our priority right now is for that light to live through all of us. And we will focus our efforts in bringing that beauty, that joy and love to all of our students and our staff and the entire community. Yesterday I was able to make a phone call to the leaders of our faith community. Our staff was able to reach out to Samaritan behavior. And we had pastors, youth ministers and therapists available in about 30 minutes time sort of go out to provide supports for students who were very close to Kayla.”

On Saturday, students and parents gathered at the high school to remember Kayla, who was described as a “special student who made others smile.”

--- The FBI is helping with the investigation as Marlow could have crossed state lines. In a statement on Twitter, the FBI said: The #FBI and Butler Twp. Police are searching for Stephen Marlow, a person of interest in multiple shootings today. He was last seen in a white 2007 Ford Edge with Ohio license plate JES 9806. Call 937-233-2080, 1-800-Call-FBI or with info.

--- Wanda Pence has lived in her Hardwicke home, located across the street from where two of the shootings took place, since the 1970s. She told the Dayton Daily News today she’s always felt safe in her neighborhood.

“People don’t even run stop signs in this neighborhood,” she said. “You hear all the time on the news, ‘Oh this is a really quiet neighborhood, nothing ever happens here.’ But it’s the truth; nothing ever happens here. I’m just shocked.”

Pence said while she’s not particularly close with her surrounding neighbors, everyone is friendly when they see each other outside.

“It’s just very disheartening that this happened here,” she said. “We’ll just have to process this. It’s certainly going to affect the neighborhood and give it a different feel.”

--- One nearby neighbor who declined to give his name on Saturday said he has lived in the neighborhood for over three decades.

Visibly upset, the man said he and his wife had offered up their home as an area for victim’s families to gather in the immediate aftermath of the shootings.

The man said he did not know the alleged shooter but that he’d recently heard there were what seemed to be minor issues with Marlow and other neighbors, including residents on Hardwicke Place.

“He’d holler at them and say, ‘Keep the noise down, you’re too noisy in this neighborhood,’” the man said, noting that he’d didn’t personally witness Marlow yelling, but had heard this from others in the neighborhood. “They said he did that all the time, he’d holler at you if you were outside.”

--- Marlow has connections to Chicago, where he lived for some time; Lexington, where he attended college; and Indianapolis, the FBI said.

Marlow graduated from Butler High School in 2001 and graduated from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, according to background check obtained by the Dayton Daily News.

He lived and worked in Chicago as a trader from 2006 to 2018, according to his LinkedIn profile. He most recently lived with his parents on Haverstraw Avenue, one of the streets where a part of the shooting took place, police said.

--- Butler Twp. police said they do not think there is an ongoing threat to the neighborhood.

--- The city of Vandalia have closed a number of public areas in the city out of caution as Stephen Marlow, 39, remains at large. In a statement the city said, the Recreation Center and all outdoor activities, as well as Cassel Hills Golf Course, Cassel Hills Pool and the Vandalia Senior Citizens Center will also be closed Saturday.

These closures are being implemented solely as a precaution, as there have been no known targeted threats towards any City facility.

Vandalia residents will see an increased police presence this evening and tomorrow, and City leaders will continually evaluate the situation and make any necessary adjustments.

--- A prayer event has been organized in the community and will be held at 5 p.m. Monday in the Butler High School parking lot. The event is meant to show a message of hope, strength, love and support amid the recent tragedy, according to a Facebook post by the City of Vandalia.

--- Neighbors are in shock about the shooting. Wendy Chapman lives next door to one of the Hardwicke Place houses wrapped with crime scene tape. “I don’t know how to feel. I’m still stunned,” she said, describing the neighborhood as “so quiet. … At this point, I’m pissed. I feel violated. My question is why. I can’t even imagine.”
LOCAL 12 published August 8, 2022: Police in Montgomery County searching for person of interest in death of 4. Four people were shot to death in two homes on the same street in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Local12 News, Ohio local
written by WKRC staff
Friday August 5, 2022

BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - Four people were shot to death in two homes on the same street in Montgomery County, Ohio, Friday. Now, police are looking for a person of interest, reports Dayton 24/7.

The shootings happened on Hardwicke Place in Butler Township. Police are now looking for 39-year-old Stephen Marlow. He is 5-feet-11-inches and 160 pounds with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing shorts and a yellow t-shirt and reportedly left the scene in a white 2007 Ford Edge with Ohio license plate number JES9806.

If you see, Marlow do not approach him as he is likely armed and dangerous. Call 911 immediately.

The names of the victims have not been released. It's not known what led up to the shootings.

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