A Jacksonville man is accused of intentionally breaking pipes in his North Naples hotel bathroom, flooding three floors and causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.
When firefighters and Collier County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Hampton Inn, 2630 Northbrooke Plaza Drive, just before 7 p.m. Thursday, there was standing water on the first three floors. Reports said the water was coming from a room being used by Thomas Harding Flipse Jr, 28, of Jacksonville.
Flipse’s boss told deputies he asked Flipse to leave his room earlier that afternoon after he showed up intoxicated. Shortly after, a woman who was staying with Flipse rushed to Flipse’s boss’s room, saying Flipse was in the bathroom and water was flowing into their room.
The two said water was flowing over the bathtub from ruptured pipes behind the wall. Deputies said Flipse damaged the shower faucets, punched a hole in the wall by the toilet and broke the ceramic shell of the shower.
Deputies later found several empty cans of beer and a bag of marijuana in the room.
The water from the ruptured pipes filled three hallways and 22 rooms with at least an inch of standing water, reports said. The hotel was fully booked and staff had to put guests in 17 of the 22 rooms in another hotel, deputies reported.
Management estimated the damage at $100,000 and said the flooded rooms would be unusable until they could be repaired.
Flipse faces a felony charge of criminal mischief and a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace.