Cleveland police say they are making progress in Aliza Sherman case despite no arrests

Deputy police chief calls it "calculated attack"

CLEVELAND - One year ago Monday, 53-year-old Aliza Sherman was fatally stabbed downtown in daylight.

No one has been arrested but Cleveland Police say they're making progress.

“We're working the case very aggressively with police, members of the family, and we've brought in the FBI to assist us,” said Ed Tomba, Cleveland deputy police chief.

Sherman, a Beachwood resident, was murdered as she walked to her divorce attorney's office. The Cleveland Clinic nurse was set for a divorce trial that same week.

There is surveillance video of the suspect running away from the scene, but Tomba said it's nearly impossible to identify him/her. The suspect is covered head-to-toe in black clothing. The face is covered, too.

Tomba said what's also frustrating is the location of the crime. Sherman was stabbed at 75 Erieview Plaza behind the gallery on a Sunday afternoon. There were very few people around when it happened.

“This, by all means, appears to be a calculated attack,” said Tomba. “We don't believe it was random, nothing was taken, it was not a robbery.”

“She was such a devoted, loving mother and such an amazing friend,” said Jenn Sherman, Aliza's daughter.

Sherman said she's confident that an arrest will made in her mother's case.

There is a $50,000 award for information leading to an arrest in Sherman's case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463. You will remain anonymous.


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