Domestic-violence suspect attempts to hide in Bunnell water tank, police say

City to drain, decontaminate, refill 72,000 gallons of water

BUNNELL, Fla. – An attempt to arrest a Bunnell man at the Flagler County courthouse on Thursday resulted in a chase and the suspect hiding in the city water tank, according to police.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said Sean Monti, 42, was suspected of breaking his longtime girlfriend's arm.

Neighbors said it's always something with Monti and his girlfriend, who live in a duplex across the street.

"They were arguing and fighting all the time. It was like an every day thing. Cops were here all the time," said neighbor Ed Slicker.

Deputies said Monti broke his girlfriend's arm by slamming her to the floor in front of their son. 

On Thursday, Monti was spotted in the courthouse at 10:45 a.m., officials said.

As police attempted to arrest Monti, he ran across State Road 100 toward the Bunnell water plant.

Authorities said Monti entered the facility in an attempt to hide from deputies and jumped in the water 9,000-gallon tank.

Deputies said they fished him from the tank and arrested Monti.

The water tank was contaminated, Bunnell city manager Dan Davis said.

The cost to drain, decontaminate and refill the water tank will be $1,500. The tank holds up to 72,000 gallons of water, Davis said.

Davis said it may cost another $1,000 for labor and extra chemicals.

“I commend our sheriff’s deputies on their quick work to apprehend this suspect,” Sheriff James L. Manfre said.

Monti is charged with aggravated battery, domestic violence, burglary of an occupied structure, criminal mischief and resisting arrest without violence.

We will have more on this story on News 6 starting at 4 p.m.

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