Residents at recovery center in Abacoa condo given eviction notice

Article Courtesy of The Palm Beach Post

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 people.”


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 Sachdeva.

The notice says the lease has been terminated, and the residents have seven days to leave.

Anthony Bostwick, a lawyer representing the landlords, declined comment.

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 Tuesday.


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 crack Motel.”


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 police said.

Torres was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and Darigo faces a simple battery charge, according to police.