Tip from Billboard Leads to Violent Sexual Battery Suspect’s Arrest

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DATE/TIME: 1/6/2014 at 4:30 a.m.

LOCATION: 1348 Fairway Dr. Lakeland, FL

SUSPECT: Christopher Jones, B/M, DOB: 1/30/1976, 221 South 22nd Street, Tampa


Tampa Police Officers located and arrested Christopher Jones after receiving an anonymous tip from a citizen. The citizen saw Jones’ picture on a Clear Channel billboard and immediately notified law enforcement.  The tip led police officers and U.S. Marshals deputies, who are part of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, to a duplex in Lakeland, Florida early Monday morning. The team verified that Jones was inside and surrounded the duplex. Jones refused to surrender and tunneled through the attic to an adjacent unit. The task force members entered the duplex with the assistance of the Polk County SWAT team and located Jones hiding under the sink.

Jones was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail and charged with committing a sexual battery on a minor family member along with several additional charges.

Janelle McGregor