A man wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four people in an Ohio neighborhood Friday has been captured in Kansas, authorities announced Saturday.
Police in Montgomery County’s Butler Township, north of Dayton, said officers were called to the area shortly before noon Friday to a report of shots fired. Butler Township Police Chief John Porter said four victims were found with gunshot wounds at “multiple crime scenes” and all were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said they were looking for Stephen Marlow, 39, who was believed to have fled the area in a white 2007 Ford Edge. The FBI Marlow put on his most wanted list early Saturday, saying he has ties to Indianapolis, Chicago and Lexington, Kentucky. His last known address was in Dayton, the FBI said.
Porter confirmed at a news conference Saturday night that Marlow was captured in Lawrence, Kansas, which is about 600 miles west of Butler Township. He did not provide any details on how Marlow was arrested.
“We want to thank the general public for all their assistance,” Porter said.
The names of the victims have not yet been released, and Porter said it was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.
“We are working to determine if there was any motive for this horrific tragedy or if mental illness played a role,” Porter said at a news conference Friday. He called the shooting “the first violent crime in this neighborhood in recent memory.”
The Dayton Daily News reports Marlow was out on parole in February on aggravated robbery and menacing charges stemming from a July 2019 incident in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia, according to Montgomery County court records.
Vandalia closed several public areas Saturday as a precaution after the shooting, including the recreation center, Cassel Hills Golf Course and Pool and the city’s senior center, the newspaper reported.
Court documents do not list an attorney representing Marlow; Saturday, a message seeking comment was left at a number listed in his name.