$2 million bond for 4 suspects charged in East Cleveland torture, murder

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 9:08 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2021 at 9:16 AM EST
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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Four out of the seven suspects accused in the torture and murder of Alishah Pointer, 22, pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Monday morning.

Alishah Pointer
Alishah Pointer(Source: FBI, Cleveland Division)

Portria Williams, Nathaniel Poke, Anthony Bryant and Brittany Smith were all indicted on the charges of aggravated murder and kidnapping.

Pointer’s family members said Smith and Polk were both trusted friends of the family.

Nathaniel Poke
Nathaniel Poke (East Cleveland police)

The judge ordered them held on a $2 million bond.

Their next court date is Nov. 30.

Two 17-year-old girls are also in custody and are being held at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center.

The seventh suspect, Hakeem-Ali Shomo, 30, remains on the loose.

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)

The U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Shomo.

Pointer’s body was found on Nov. 4 in the basement of a burned out abandoned home in the 14500 block of Savannah Avenue in East Cleveland.

According to East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner, the assailants believed Pointer had information relative to a crime committed in Cleveland and they tortured her in an attempt to get this information.

Family members told 19 News the information was related to the murder of Aminjas Shomo, 19, in Slavic Village earlier this month.

Chief Gardner added Pointer was transported to several different locations before finally being killed on Savannah Avenue.

Anyone with information Shomo can call the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED.

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