Steve Stephens was hired as a youth mentor by Beech Brook in 2008

CLEVELAND - During Sunday's shooting, Stephens was wearing his work badge for behavioral health agency Beech Brook. 

It prompted many questions about his background check, employment history and role at Beech Brook.

A Beech Brook spokesperson released the following statement:

"We are shocked and horrified by the events involving Steve Stephens, especially the tragic murder of Mr. Godwin. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this time of grief."

Stephens was hired as a youth mentor in 2008. In 2015, he became a vocational specialist for Beech Brook's Assertive Community Treatment team that primarily works with the youth and young adults.

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Following the murder of Robert Godwin Sr., and the ongoing search for Stephens, Beech Brook terminated his employment, effective on April 17, 2017.

"Beech Brook conducts extensive background checks on all employees, including Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) record checks. Checks on Mr. Stephens did not reveal any criminal activity. While an employee, he received corrective action notes related to incomplete paperwork and missed appointments, but no disciplinary actions related to harassment, threats of violence or other misconduct."

The behavioral health agency reopened on Tuesday, April 18.

The manhunt

Stephens is described as being just over 6 feet tall, weighing about 244 pounds. He is bald with a full beard. The FBI is also assisting in the search. 

Cleveland police confirmed to News 5 Monday that Stephens had a concealed carry permit. 

Police say the suspect's vehicle is a white Ford Fusion with temporary tag E363630. 

If you see the suspect, call 911.

 

 

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