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Suspected child abuser from Texas arrested in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Tuesday, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested fugitive Erica Johnson.

The 25-year old wanted out of Texas by the Arlington Police Department.  It is alleged that Johnson severely physically abused a child and a warrant was issued for her arrest on Sept. 30, 2013 charging injury to a child.  The child later died.          

On Oct. 1, The Arlington PD got word that Johnson fled the state and asked the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force (NTFTF) for help in locating and apprehending Johnson.  The NTFTF developed information that Johnson left Texas and went to the Cleveland area to hide out.  Yesterday, the NTFTF contacted the NOVFTF and requested assistance to locate Johnson in Cleveland.

The NOVFTF discovered that Johnson was staying at a home near the 3700 block of E. 57th St. in Cleveland.  Task force members set up around the residence and saw a female fitting the description of Johnson on the front porch. Officers approached and the female went inside. 

Task force members then knocked and were admitted into the home and arrested Johnson without incident.  Johnson was transported to the Cuyahoga County Jail where she will await extradition back to Texas.

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833).  You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/index.html. Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.

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