Today Seventh District detectives arrested a man wearing a “Jason” mask who held two people at gunpoint, stole one victim’s car and later called NOPD when he realized he had lost his own cell phone. As it turned out, the suspect had left his phone in the victim’s car, and wanted police to believe he was a victim of armed robbery, and that his phone had been stolen.
Detectives say 20-year-old Darrin Faciane approached the two victims this morning shortly after 9 in the 7900-block of Haney Drive. While pointing the gun at them, he rummaged through the car in search of valuables. Then he demanded that the victims get in the trunk. But one victim suggested that Faciane just take the car, and search through it at his leisure. Faciane agreed.
Detectives soon found the car abandoned near the intersection of Hayne Boulevard and Darlene Court. They also found an iPhone in the front seat. When asked, both victims said the phone did not belong to them. When officers turned on the phone, the screensaver was a photo of a man. One victim recognized the distinct hairstyle in the picture, and stated that the photo was in fact of the man who had robbed them.
About 30 minutes later, Faciane apparently realized he had left his phone in the car, called NOPD and reported that he himself was the victim of an armed robbery and that both his wallet and cell phone were taken. He gave NOPD his home address. Officers arrived at his residence, and asked him to describe the person who robbed him. Faciane then described a person who looked very much like himself. Investigators then asked about the gun used in the robbery, and Faciane essentially described his own handgun.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Faciane’s residence and found the handgun believed to have been used in the earlier car theft. They also found Faciane’s wallet, which was under his bed.
Faciane was booked tonight with 2 counts of Armed Robbery, 2 counts of Attempted Kidnapping, 1 count of Auto Theft and Filing a False Police Report.
Darrin Faciane has been previously arrested for Aggravated Battery, Battery and Disturbing the Peace. He also had an outstanding municipal court warrant issued on 1/25/2013. He will be booked into Central lockup for Two Counts of Armed Robbery, two Counts of Attempted Kidnapping, One Count of Auto Theft and Filing a False Police Report.
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Contact: Remi Braden