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Suspect captured in murder of Cleveland Heights mother

Posted at 8:38 PM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 13:01:53-04

The suspect in a brutal murder of a Cleveland Heights mother is now in custody. The Cleveland Heights Police Department confirmed with News 5 that Yaphet Bradley was taken into custody.

Bradley, who was wanted by the U.S. Marshals, was captured near Shaker Square. He is currently being held on the charge of aggravated murder in the death of Miriam Johnson.

Bradley, who is Johnson's ex-boyfriend, was arraigned in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court on Monday where the judge set a $1,000,00 bond. 

Johnson's body was discovered inside a garbage can on Cleveland's east side. Johnson, 31, was reported missing on March 7. She was last seen by her family on Feb. 26, according to the police report.

Her body was found inside a garbage can in a residence on the 7300 block of Chamberlain Avenue. The residence is several blocks northeast of Woodland Cemetery and west of Fairfax Park.

A second suspect, Calvin Young, 24, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of Johnson. He's charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing official business and abuse of a corpse.

The following statement is from Johnson's family:

We are extremely grateful to the Cleveland Heights Police Department, the US Marshals and the rest of the task force for their hard work and dedication to finding the individuals responsible for Miriam's death. While this definitely gives us some comfort, we know that this is the beginning of a long process and we are confident that justice will be served. We would also like to thank our friends, family and the city of Cleveland for their love and support throughout this process.