TAMPA, Florida - Police are offering a $5,000 cash reward for information on an "extremely violent and dangerous" repeat sexual predator who is on the run after allegedly committing new crimes then cutting off his ankle monitor.
Christopher Leon Jones, 37, is accused of sexual battery on a minor under 12 years old, and lewd and lascivious molestation of a family member. The crimes were believed to have occurred near the Port of Tampa, but Tampa Police were also looking near his possible address on Taliferro Avenue near the intersection of Fowler and I-275 back on Christmas day.
Jones is also wanted by the Florida Department of Corrections for violating probation for a separate sexual battery charge.
Jones has a long rap sheet, including arrests for violent sexual battery and battery with a deadly weapon. He has served time, violated probation several times, and is reportedly registered as a "violent" sexual predator. Yet, police say he was still able to commit a crime on Christmas Eve and flee.
"The seriousness of his capture is amplified by the size of the cash award being offered for information resulting in his capture. I urge the public to help the U.S. Marshals Service capture this wanted, dangerous fugitive," said William "Bill" Berger, United States Marshal for the Middle District of Florida.
If you see Jones, please notify the U.S. Marshals Service at (813) 309-0467, or the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130.