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East Cleveland police seek 2 in connection with kidnapping, killing of Cleveland woman

Nathaniel Poke and Hakeem Ali Shomo
Nathaniel Poke and Hakeem Ali Shomo(East Cleveland PD)
Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 6:38 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2021 at 11:56 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - East Cleveland Police are asking for the public’s help locating two men in connection with the disappearance and killing of a 22-year-old Cleveland woman.

Police confirmed that a body found on Tuesday in an abandoned home in the 14500 block of Savannah Avenue may be that of Alishah Pointer who has been missing since Nov. 5.

Her disappearance is being investigated as a kidnapping and her death as a homicide, according to East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner.

Authorities are looking for Nathaniel Poke and Hakeem Ali Shomo, who Gardner said should be considered armed and dangerous.

Arrest warrants and “being entered,” he said.

East Cleveland police ask anyone with information to contact East Cleveland detectives at 216-451-1234, the Cleveland FBI at 1-877-FBI-OHIO, or Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.

Hakeem Ali Shomo is wanted by East Cleveland police in connection wtih the disappearance and...
Hakeem Ali Shomo is wanted by East Cleveland police in connection wtih the disappearance and killing of Alishah Pointer.(East Cleveland police)
Nathaniel Poke is wanted by East Cleveland police in connection wtih the disappearance and...
Nathaniel Poke is wanted by East Cleveland police in connection wtih the disappearance and killing of Alishah Pointer.(East Cleveland police)

Reward money is available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Poke and Ali Shomo, Gardner wrote.

The FBI said Pointer was last seen on Nov. 4 at a home in Cleveland.

Details of the death are unknown at this time.

Gardner said police got a tip around 3:51 p.m. that the body of Alishah Pointer was found in the basement of a burned-out house in the 14500 block of Savannah Avenue.

When police arrived on scene, officers located the body of a woman, according to Gardner.

Garder said the department will wait for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office to make a final determination of the identification of the body.

The following statement was made by Garder regarding this latest development:

“Detectives have been working 18 hours a day since it was reported that Ms. Pointer was possibly abducted. The Cleveland Office of both the FBI and Secret Service have been instrumental from the onset of the investigation.

We continue to work on this case and are doing our best to bring justice to the family in this matter.”

Return to 19 News for updates.

Editor’s Note: The Cleveland Division of the FBI initially reported Pointer was last seen on Nov. 3 in the North Randall area and reported missing on Nov. 4.

Alishah Pointer
Alishah Pointer(Cleveland Division of the FBI)
Alishah Pointer
Alishah Pointer(Cleveland Division of the FBI)

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