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Tip leads to arrest of accused violent sexual predator on the run

Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Police officers say thanks to an anonymous tip from a citizen the search for an "extremely violent and dangerous" repeat sexual predator on the run has come to an end.

Officers and U.S. Marshals arrested Christopher Jones at a Lakeland duplex early Monday morning.

As authorities surrounded the duplex, Jones refused to surrender and tunneled through the attic to an adjacent unit. Task force members entered the duplex with the help of the Polk County SWAT team and found Jones hiding under the sink.

Jones had been wanted by police since Christmas Eve on charges of sexual battery on a minor under 12 years of age and lewd and lascivious molestation of a family member. He was also wanted by the Florida Department of Corrections for violating probation for a separate sexual battery charge.

On Thursday, Jan. 2, police announced a $5,000 reward was being offered for information leading to Jones' arrest and his picture was put on display on Clear Channel billboards around the Bay area. It was one of these billboards that the citizen saw that eventually led to Jones' arrest Monday.

Jones was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail and has been charged with sexual battery on a minor family member, along with several other charges.

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