East Cleveland police: 3 in custody, more wanted after woman tortured before murder


EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner confirmed in a Wednesday press conference that three suspects are in custody in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old Cleveland woman.

Nathaniel Poke was one of the people arrested by East Cleveland police and is in custody in connection with the abduction and murder of Alishah Pointer. Portria Williams is also in custody but has not been charged yet. Police said 17-year-old Destiny Henderson was arrested for aggravated murder yesterday.

three suspects are in custody in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old Alishah Pointer
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Police are still looking for Hakeem Ali Shomo and several others. Police say they have warrants for at least six people.

“This was a horrific crime and started when another victim was lured from her home here in East Cleveland and used by the suspects to abduct Ms. Pointer,” the chief said earlier Wednesday.

He said Pointer was tortured before her death.  Her body was discovered Tuesday in a burned-out house in East Cleveland.

Police say they believe the suspects abducted Pointer in retribution for another crime that happened in Cleveland.

“We can’t go into details on that at this time, but the suspects thought Pointer knew someone involved with that crime,” the chief said.

Alishah Pointer (Photo courtesy: Cleveland Division of the FBI)

The chief believes Pointer was tortured for information.

Police say the suspects took Pointer to several locations before killing her on Savanna Ave.

Pointer was last seen on Nov. 4 and her family reported her missing the next day.

The Cleveland Division of the FBI assisted East Cleveland.

“The FBI helped us out greatly,” Gardner said. “We are doing everything we can to make sure we arrest everyone involved with this tragic murder. We want justice for Alishah and her family.”

Reward money is available for the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

Anyone with information about the suspects’ whereabouts should contact East Cleveland police at 216-451-1234, the FBI at 1-877-FBI-OHIO or Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.

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