4 killed in Butler Twp.: Details emerge about killing suspect who may have left Ohio


August 6 – The person of interest named by police on Friday in the murder of four people in a Butler Twp. neighborhood grew up in the Dayton area.

Stephen A. Marlow, 38, was named by Butler Twp as a person of interest in the deaths. Police Chief John Porter. He is described as a 5-foot 11,160-pound white male with short brown hair. He was last seen in shorts and a yellow T-shirt, and Porter said he may have been driving a white 2007 Ford Edge SUV with the Ohio license plate JES-9806.

He is considered armed and dangerous. In a statement today from the Butler Twp. police, they said Marlow may have fled Ohio.

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

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

Two houses were surrounded by crime scene tape near the intersection of Hardwicke and Haverstraw. One of the houses, in the 7200 block of Hardwicke, shares part of a back fence with his parents’ homes purchased in 1999, according to county property records.

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A neighbor who refused to give his name on Saturday said he has lived in the area for more than three decades.

The man said he did not know the alleged shooter, but had recently heard of seemingly minor issues with Marlow and other neighbors, including residents of Hardwicke Place.

“He yelled at them and said, ‘Keep the noise down, you’re too noisy in this neighborhood,'” the man said, pointing out that he hadn’t seen Marlow scream in person but heard this from others in the area. “They said he always did that, he’d yell at you if you were outside.”

Marlow was convicted in February 2020 of aggravated burglary and aggravated threat, as a result of a July 2019 incident in Vandalia. He was charged with breaking into a house on Damian Street in Vandalia and threatening a person there with a weapon.

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He was sentenced to five years of community control, but that probation was ended on Feb. 9, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court documents.

During the early part of his probation, he was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and was under intense surveillance until December 2020, according to court records.

The FBI said Friday that Marlow had connections to Chicago, Lexington and Indianapolis. They asked people to call 937-233-2080, 1-800-Call-FBI or http://tips.fbi.gov with information about Marlow.


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