CLEVELAND-- A gentle breeze blew across an old front porch, arriving with a name “Lisa” had long ago put out of her mind.
The 49-year-old Cleveland woman’s last name has been excluded from this story in an effort to protect her privacy.
“Lisa” grew up with the accused killer of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer. She worked in Hernandez Warren's family’s record store when she was a teenager.
She told FOX 8 I-Team Reporter Lorrie Taylor, in an exclusive interview, that Warren’s sister was her best friend, so when he appeared at her family’s home in September of 1985 she had no reason to fear him.
“He was always a bad seed,” she told Taylor.
“Lisa” knew Warren had a drug problem but it had never brought trouble to her doorstep. On that day it would be different. She told Taylor that Warren, then 30 years old, viciously attacked her and threatened to kill her family and baby daughter if she cried out.
After raping the 21-year-old woman, he demanded “Lisa” give him money from her mother’s purse.
“I was lucky to have survived that day because he had a gun and a knife on me,” she said.
Warren had a record for drug abuse and drug trafficking that dated back to the early 80s. He was also arrested for carrying a concealed weapon at the age of 26.
“I’ve been trying to forgive him for a long time; just for me personally, so he doesn’t have that power over me—forget? Never!” she said.
As a rape survivor, “Lisa” was struck by the similarities between her own attack and that of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer, who had been stabbed and bludgeoned to death only nine months earlier. Lisa said it did not surprise her that DNA linked Warren to the teenager’s murder.
“I could imagine from what he did to me,” she told Taylor.
Warren plead guilty to rape, felonious assault and burglary in the attack on “Lisa.” He also took responsibility for the crime while petitioning Judge Stephanie Tubbs Jones for an early release in 1989; but he said nothing about the rape and murder of Gloria Pointer five years earlier.
“I’ve learned that with time anyone can change. I’ve changed and I know it’s for the better,” Warren said in the letter.
“I know I can be a part of the system; as a matter of fact, I can be a productive part of it if you grant me a chance,” he later wrote.
“I can now think clearly with my mind and I have the enter respect for human life. I have the quest to show you and my family that I am somebody who deserves a second chance,” he insisted, as he begged for his freedom. He was eventually released from an Ohio prison in 2000.
"Lisa" shook her head in disgust as she told Taylor that Warren should never have been let out of prison. It is her hope that he is never again given a second chance.
“It was just the luck of God that let me get away.”
Get much more on the Gloria Pointer case HERE.