STATEN ISLAND -- The NYPD is thanking PIX11 and our viewers for helping to solve a crime.
Viewers saw the graphic and upsetting video PIX11 aired of a man punching and beating a dog with a belt on Staten Island.
Police released this surveillance video last June because the man beating the dog also stabbed a man in the head after the victim tried to intervene to stop him.
Because PIX11 aired this video, a viewer recognized the man and called Crime Stoppers.
"After a thorough investigation, we were hitting a dead end in terms of the identity of the suspect," Detective Paul Melendez of the NYPD told PIX11. "So we released the surveillance video and several people who saw it on PIX11 contacted Crime Stoppers."
The man seen in the video turned out to be on parole for murder, also with a knife.
Now 36-year-old Wilfredo Arroyo in back in prison serving 4 to 7 years after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon and animal cruelty.
"I just want to thank the community and PIX11 for helping me do my job," Detective Melendez told PIX11.
The anonymous tipster who saw the surveillance video on PIX11 is entitled to $2,500 because the information he gave police led to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
So Crime Stoppers does pay. Remember the number: 1-800-577-TIPS.AlertMe