Suspect Eludes SWAT Team and Other Cops After Night Stand-Off in Seminole Woods
FlaglerLive | March 12, 2015
March 12 update–The Daytona Beach Police Departyment arrested Sean Monti the evening of March 10, at 8:30, at Main Street and Wild Olive Avenue, according to a police report. Monti was taken to the Volusia County Jail and booked there, and entered as “a criminal gang member,” according to the report. He was booked at the Flagler County Jail in early afternoon Wednesday, where he remains.
March 9–Sean Monti, a 40-year-old resident of Palm Coast, has spent half his adult life–11 years–in state prison, and longer when his jail time in Flagler and Volusia counties are included. He last served three years on drug and grand theft charges, and before that served eight years for armed burglary, assault, theft, and one conviction for escape. He was last in jail in Flagler last October, when he was charged with domestic violence battery, false imprisonment and tampering with a witness.
Sunday night, Flagler County Sheriff’s units prepared to serve a warrant for Monti’s arrest at 9 Squash Blossom Trail in Palm Coast, which is also his last recorded address in his jail log. But since he had a history of fleeing from law enforcement, units staged in the area of Seminole Woods Boulevard near Integra Woods before approaching the house.
Late Sunday night, the sheriff’s office called out its SWAT team, and units of the Palm Coast Fire Police closed some streets in the neighborhood, and told neighbors of the house at Number 9 to stay indoors.
Monti himself was spotted by a neighbor and by police briefly outside the house before going back in. But for all the measures taken, Monti somehow got away.
Monti was known to drive a black Chevrolet Camaro. While in the process of responding to the house, deputies spotted the Camaro at Squash Blossom Trail and Seminole Woods Boulevard and pulled over the driver. It was a woman and her children. There was still an active no-contact order between Monti and his girlfriend, from whom he was to remain at least 500 feet away, an incident report states. He had violated that order in late February, along with a violation of his pre-trial release agreement.
When deputies proceeded to the house, all lights were off. The woman in the Camaro opened the garage door and gave permission for the cops to enter the house “to verify that Sean was not within,” the report states. Before entering the home, Prior to entering the home, deputy Erik Pedersen, who was standing at the rear of the house, said he’d observed movement in the downstairs rear sliding door area and requested an additional unit. The deputy who responded said he saw Monti, identifying him positively because of previous contact, “attempting to exit the residence through a second story window at the rear of the home by pushing the screen out.”
The deputy gave verbal commands to Monti to show his hands. Monti refused and went back into the house. Another deputy issued further commands from the garage door to Monti to come out. Monti responded, and deputies identified his voice as Monti’s because of his history with local law enforcement. Two deputies “then began clearing the first floor of the residence and Sean then stopped speaking with us,” the report states. The deputies ordered Monti to come down the stairs with his hands in the air. Nothing happened.
A K-9 unit was called in, along with the SWAT team. SWAT members then completed a search of the two-level house, and found nothing.
It was past 2 a.m. when the fire police re-opened the neighborhood.
A burglary charge was added to Monty’s list of charges, and forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office. As of Monday, he remained at large.