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Hernandez Warren charged in 1984 murder of Gloria Pointer

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Convicted sex offender Hernandez L. Warren has been charged in the 1984 rape and murder of Gloria Pointer, 14.

Warren, 58, 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.

"I want to say to everyone, don't give up hope. Miracles do happen," Gloria's mother, Yvonne, told 19 Action News exclusively upon hearing news of the arrest.

On December 6, 1984, 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 a.m. by Gloria Pointer. By 7:30 a.m., 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 classmate of Gloria's, Lamar Thomas, says he had seen a man walking with Gloria, but didn't think anything of it.  He says she didn't call for help.

"Never thought nothing about it.  I thought she was right behind me, coming to school.  Like you said she didn't scream or get away. I'm just, I'm kind of hurt cause I couldn't help her that day. I'm glad now the guy is caught," said Thomas.

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.

19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek was first to learn on Tuesday about Warren's arrest. He was linked to the case through DNA.

"Due to the DNA hit, due to the evidence that was retested and retested we finally got a DNA profile," said Lem Griffin, Cleveland Police Detective.

Warren was arrested at his Cleveland home on Arcade, off Waterloo.  He's been back on the streets for years.

Police even had a FBI Behavioral Science Unit give advice on how to approach Warren.

Since 1984 some of the detectives on the case have died.  Others, retired, were reunited with Yvonne Pointer Wednesday during a news conference announcing the arrest.

Pointer has becoome an activist around the world for positive change.

"So, I want to close by saying to all of the families of missing children and unsolved homicides please don't give up," said Yvonne Pointer.

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