I-Team: Cleveland residential building inspector taken into custody on allegations of menacing by stalking

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CLEVELAND – A city residential building inspector was taken into custody Tuesday night after a woman he dated told officers he won’t leave her alone and has threatened her.

The woman called police Tuesday evening around 7 to her West Side home, saying Jeffrey Barkas was at her door and would not leave.

City records indicate  Barkas was hired by the city in December and earns about $36,000 a year.

According to the report, the “victim states she broke up with above offender around January 15th of 2015 and has been receiving threats and letters from him ever since.”

Police also stated in the report that a detective working the case wanted Barkas arrested for menacing by stalking so he was placed under arrest and taken to jail.

The I-Team searched court records and found Barkas was convicted in 1994 of two felonies, aggravated assault, and attempted carrying a concealed weapon charge.

Mayor Frank Jackson says while he wants a complete investigation of the current case, he is not concerned about the prior felony convictions.

“As you know we as the city hire ex- felons and the vast majority of them are good employees and you can't punish somebody for the rest of their life,” said Mayor Frank Jackson.

No formal charges have been filed against Barkas and the case is under investigation.

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