Cuyahoga County

Hernandez Warren Charged for the Death of 14-Year-Old Gloria Pointer

5/15/2013

Joint Investigation Leads to the Solving of 1984 Homicide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2013

CLEVELAND- Chief of Police Michael McGrath, Deputy Chief Ed Tomba, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Public Safety Director Martin Flask, FBI Special Agent in Charge Cleveland Division Stephen Anthony and Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova announced a joint investigation that lead to the arrest and charging of defendant Hernandez L. Warren. Warren, 58, was 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 the victim 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.

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. He 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.

The task force that brought this case to justice includes: Cleveland Police Department: Chief Michael McGrath, Deputy Chief Ed Tomba, Detective Lem Griffin, Lt. Ronald Timm (Homicide Chief) and Detective Bill Conn (ICAC); representatives from the FBI include Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony, Agents Timothy Kolonik, Lisa Hack, Eric Toole, Andy Burke, Chris Garnett, Lance Fragomelli, Bill Gang, Mark Adams, Kerry McCafferty, Aaron Reason, and Andrew Earl. Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova, Captain Don Michalosky and additional deputy sheriffs. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Criminal Investigations Chief and Director of the Cold Case Unit Richard Bell, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Investigators Michael J. O’Malley, Jack Bornfeld, Michael Beaman, and recently retired Investigator James Oliver.  

Contact: Cleveland Police Department Sergeant Sammy Morris, (216) 623-5033 Cleveland FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson, (216) 622-6760   Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office PIO Maria (Pinzone) Russo, (216) 698-2819  

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