(Cleveland) – Bond was set at $5 million Thursday for 58-year-old Hernandez Warren, arrested Monday in the 1984 murder of Gloria Pointer.
Warren is charged with aggravated murder. The case will now be bound over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office which is expected to seek additional charges from a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.
On December 6, 1984, 14-year-old Gloria Pointer telephoned her schoolmate to plan walking to school together. At the time, the victim lived on East 114th Street and her friend lived on East 105th Street, both residences located in Cleveland.
The phone call was made at approximately 7:00 am by Gloria Pointer. By 7:30 am, the waiting friend had left for school without seeing the victim.
The principal of Harry E. Davis School had called the victim’s parents after learning that Gloria failed to show for class. Several witnesses had seen the victim walking on Orville Avenue toward her school with a black male following behind her. A witness had expressed at the time that they had seen a male with a brown coat and knit cap grab the victim’s arm.
The two disappeared near 10515 Orville Avenue. The victim’s body was discovered at approximately 10:30 am at the bottom of a fire escape stairwell by an apartment building custodian.
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This case has been actively investigated since 1984 by Cleveland Police Homicide Detectives, FBI, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Cold Case Unit, and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department.
Hundreds of leads and thousands of man hours have been expended in a determination to find the individual responsible for this crime. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Cold Case Unit opened its investigation in 2007 and requested all items be re-examined and tested.
Since that time several pieces of clothing have been tested resulting in a DNA profile being developed. Very recently, a break occurred in the investigation. Plain Dealer reporter Rachel Dissell contacted the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office asking the status of the investigation into Gloria Pointer and suggested the possibility of re-testing any evidence. As a result the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Crime Lab re-examined their findings and received permission to enter the DNA profile into the CODIS System.
A DNA hit came back on April 26, 2013. Upon learning this result and comparing it to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office database, and discovering the DNA matched Defendant Hernandez Warren, a task force was immediately formed to complete the investigation.
It was determined that Mr. Warren had been released from prison upon completing his prison sentence for rape and parole. After consultation with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), the defendant was confronted at his home in Collinwood on Monday by Cleveland Police, FBI and Sheriff Detectives.
Warren was subsequently questioned in the days to follow at the offices of the FBI and at the Cleveland Police Homicide Unit. Law Enforcement authorities are confident that Mr. Warren is the individual who attacked and killed Gloria Pointer on December 6, 1984.
Her mother, Yvonne Pointer, has become a motivational speaker and an anti-violence advocate locally and nationally.
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