CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Darin Carignan is accused of robbing a Cape Coral nail salon on Thursday and a bank on Friday.
On Thursday, at approximately 1:00 p.m. a male entered the L & J Nail Salon, located at 2221 Santa Barbara Boulevard, and approached the counter. An employee stated that the male displayed a knife and ordered him to give him the money. The employee stated that the male jabbed at him with the knife and ordered him to hurry up or he would cut him. Immediately in fear, he opened the cash drawer.
The suspect grabbed the money and demanded more. The employee told him there was no more, pulled out his wallet, and showed the suspect he had no money. The suspect came around the counter and began searching through drawers. The employee fled out the back door of the salon and asked a passing motorist to call 911. The employee then witnessed the suspect fleeing on a bicycle North on SE Santa Barbara Place.
A witness was in front of the store when the suspect approached the salon. He noticed the suspect because he witnessed him putting on gloves. Both provided similar descriptions of the suspect, which included discoloration or scars on his cheeks. The suspect could not be located at that time.
On Friday, at approximately 9:20 a.m. a white male entered the Capital Bank, located at 2209 Santa Barbara Boulevard, and approached an employee. The male handed her a note that stated, "GIVE ME MONEY; NO DYE; I HAVE A GUN". She stated that he grabbed the money and fled out the front door. Another employee was also behind the counter and witnessed the robbery.
The male was described as 5'6"-5'7", white with pale skin, 160-170 pounds, brown hair, 25-30 years old, wearing a red t-shirt and red bandanna, and was described to have scars or discoloration to his cheeks. They witnessed the male flee on a bicycle northbound on SE Santa Barbara Place. They also witnessed him remove the red t-shirt and bandanna, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt. This information was given to 911 tele-communicators and was relayed to patrol officers.
While en-route to the call, an officer observed a white male riding a bicycle at the 1600 block of SE Santa Barbara Boulevard matching the suspect's description. The officer attempted to make contact with the male at the 100 block of SE 16th Street. When the male saw an officer approaching he immediately fled eastbound on SE 16th Street on the bicycle. He left his bicycle in a vacant lot in the area of 168 SE 16th Street and continued to flee on foot eastbound behind the residences. The male was last seen near 215 SE 16th Street, where the officer lost sight of him.
A perimeter of the area was established by patrol officers with the assistance of K9 and Aviation. Officers began to canvass the area and obtained information about the suspect's possible place of residence. Officers responded to that location and at approximately 11:01 a.m., Darin Carignan exited 215 SE 16th Street and was detained. The bank employees were transported to the scene and positively identified Carignan.
Darin Carignan was placed under arrest and transported to CCPD for interview.
Detectives constructed a photo line-up that included Carignan's photograph from today. They met with the employee of the nail salon and upon viewing the line-up he immediately identified Carignan as being the person who robbed him the previous day. Detectives then met with another witness, who also positively identified Carignan as being the person he saw rob the salon the previous day. Carignan was subsequently charged with both robberies.
Carignan was booked and processed, and transported to the Lee County Jail in good condition.