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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Police in Greensboro arrested a man who was wanted for months. Investigators say he avoided authorities by using a fake ID.

Rodney Griffin was wanted in Greensboro on a long list of charges including assault by strangulation and second degree kidnapping. But on September 17, police arrested Griffin after receiving an anonymous tip.

"He tried to climb out the bedroom window and one of our guys was on the outside of the building waiting for him. So of course when he grabbed his leg, he jumped back in while the rest of the team was coming in," said Rebecca Fallon, the director of Greensboro Crime Stoppers.

Police don't know who gave the tip. People who give information to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.

Since Crime Stoppers started in 1981:

- Received 29,865 tips
- Led to 13,622 charges
- 7,668 cases cleared
- Stolen property recovered: $8,408,132
- Narcotics and cash seized: $14,006,848

"It's about the community protecting themselves. They have the power to get rid of the people that are making their neighborhoods unsafe," said Fallon.

The person who gave the tip about Griffin will receive an award, but the amount hasn't been determined yet. Last year, Guilford County Crime Stoppers paid out $40,000. So far this year, it has paid about $20,000.

WFMY News 2, Greensboro Police

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