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Swamp romp

Alex Green • Jun 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM


A Port Clinton man tried to dodge a warrant service by jumping out of a two-story building and hiding from police in a swamp, police said.

However, he was ultimately located by Spike, Port Clinton's police K-9.

Officers went to Aaron Montis' apartment in the 200 block of Buckeye Boulevard Monday to serve a warrant for failure to appear in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

But as police went upstairs to the apartment, all they found were Montis' family members and an open window.

"The family told us he jumped out," police Sgt. Joshua Nelson said.

Montis made up to about a 20-foot jump out a second floor window, police said.

Police called on Spike, who picked up Montis' track from a fence he climbed, police said.

The fence led to a swampy area behind the apartment complex. Spike and officers inspected the area and noticed slight movement coming from a swampy, wooded area, police said.

Montis was hiding there, and as Spike approached him, Montis came out with his hands raised, police said.

They handcuffed him as Spike continued to bark uncontrollably.

"Spike did all the hard work," Nelson said.

Spike is a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois who has been with with Port Clinton police since 2011.

He graduated from the police academy with Nelson.

Montis will likely not face additional charges for his alleged escapades, police said.

His original charges from November 2013 were receiving stolen property, operating a vehicle under the influence, theft and driving under suspension.

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