Man Charged in Gloria Pointer Case

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Hernandez Warren (Courtesy: Department of Public Safety)

CLEVELAND — Pieces began to come together this week in the long-unsolved 1984 homicide of Gloria Pointer.

An announcement was made Wednesday that Hernandez Warren, 58, was charged with aggravated murder.

Pointer, 14, was headed to Harry E. Davis Junior High on Cleveland’s east side on Dec. 6, 1984.

According to investigators, she spoke to a friend on the telephone at 7 a.m. to make plans to walk to school, but never ended up meeting the friend.

Witnesses said they saw a male following Pointer and that he grabbed her arm.  They disappeared along Orville Avenue.

A building custodian found Pointer’s body that same morning around 10:30 a.m. at the bottom of a fire escape stairwell.

Despite an ongoing investigation by Cleveland Police Detectives, the FBI, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Cold Case Unit and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, the case remained stagnant until recently.

Plain Dealer reporter Rachel Dissell inquired about the status of the case and suggested re-testing any evidence.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Crime Lab got permission to enter a DNA profile from the case into the CODIS system.

It resulted in a hit on April 26.

Cleveland police, the FBI and sheriff’s detectives approached Warren on Monday and questioned him in the days that followed.

His arraignment was scheduled for Thursday morning.

The case will also be bound over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office which is expected to seek additional charges from a Grand Jury.

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