Article Courtesy of The Palm Beach
By Bill DiPaolo
Published October 10, 2017
JUPITER — Robert “Bob” Darigo, the operator of the Christian Recovery Center
where two people were stabbed on Sept. 26, said he signed a lease to open in
Abacoa two months ago because “I wanted my people to rub elbows with good
Instead, the faith-based, 12-step
recovery center is being evicted from the three-story
townhouse on Corbison Point Place, within walking distance
from Roger Dean Stadium in the affluent non-gated
development off Donald Ross Road. The eviction follows the
stabbings of Joseph Bacigalupo, 34, and Ruben Torres, 44,
who were staying at the recovery center.
Bacigalupo is a recovering heroin addict. Torres is
recovering from alcohol addiction, said Darigo. Both men
were paying $250 a week in the four-bedroom, three-bathroom
townhouse with Darigo, 46, his two teenage sons and Jill
Ellis, who is listed on the eviction notice.
“My intentions were good. I wanted to give Abacoa a try. Now
this happened. We’re leaving,” Darigo told The Palm Beach
Post from the townhouse Wednesday afternoon.
A notice of non-compliance was placed Monday on the front
door. The landlords are listed as Anu Sachdeva and Deepak
The notice says the lease has been terminated, and the
residents have seven days to leave.
Anthony Bostwick, a lawyer representing the landlords,
A Jupiter police crime technician exits her vehicle
as an officer stands in front of a town home on Corbison Point Place
in Jupiter’s Abacoa neighborhood on Sept. 26, 2017. A man and a
woman were taken to the hospital after a stabbing at the house early
The website Craigslist posts the address as the Christian
Recovery Center. The ad in part reads: “Learn how to live life on life’s
terms without the use of drugs or alcohol and pay less than living in a
Prior to the stabbings, Antigua home owners association
officials were aware the recovery center at 1460 Corbison Point Place was
operating, said Jeff Linder, Antigua homeowners association president.
“We were in contact with our legal people and the owner to achieve eviction
of the unregistered and unapproved occupants,” Linder said.
Traci Viner, who has rented a townhouse in the Antigua neighborhood for
about 18 months, welcomes the eviction notice. Viner said she called the HOA
on Sept. 5 to report problems at the residence.
“There were people out on the deck late at night, as many as six at a time.
They were smoking and drinking and carrying on,” Viner said.
Tensions at the Christian Recovery Center led to the stabbings, Jupiter
Torres was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon,
and Darigo faces a simple battery charge, according to police.