Longboat Key double murder: How investigators tracked suspect

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (WFLA) — The man arrested in connection with a double homicide at the Zota Beach Resort in Longboat Key was a former employee, police said Thursday.

One of the victims, Kevin Carter (Family handout).

Darryl Hannah, 29, worked part time for Victory Security. He was arrested Wednesday at a home in East Bradenton, without incident, on charges of robbery and double homicide.

A police affidavit said that the owner of the security company noticed that Hanna was the only employee not to call and ask who was shot at the resort after news got out on Aug. 4. The owner said when he told him a fellow employee was killed, Hanna responded, “How many times did they get shot?”

Detectives also checked out Hanna’s Facebook photos showing him holding a firearm in his left hand and carrying one on his left hip, revealing that he is left handed. That matched the suspect in the video carrying a gun in his left hand. He also commented that he owned a 9-mm gun.

Police believe that was the gun he used to shoot and killed 59-year-old Timothy Hurley and 51-year-old Kevin Carter. Both were working at the hotel at the time of the incident.  Police said Hanna was able to make off with about $900 in three cash drawers.

At a press conference Thursday, police said as a security guard at the resort and knew the ins and outs of the building. He last worked on Aug. 2 but had resigned on Aug. 4, the same day the incident occurred.

Over the past week, police followed several tips leading them to Hanna. They also had been looking at surveillance video taken from license plate cameras on the island to help piece together the clues. They even used cell phone location towers to find that he had made several calls from Longboat Key that morning.

A co-worker at the resort noticed how the suspect in the video walked and said it appeared to be Hanna. The co-worker said Hanna would complain that he did not make enough money through the security firm because he did not get 40 hours a week, the affidavit said.

Zota Beach Resort released the following statement:

Zota Beach Resort is extremely relieved that a suspect has been quickly captured due to the diligent efforts of Longboat Key Police and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to remain with the victims’ families during this most difficult time.  Zota remains committed to supporting law enforcement in their ongoing investigation to ensure a successful prosecution of the person responsible for these crimes.

Hanna was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of armed robbery.  He was booked into the Manatee County Jail where he’s being held without bond.

“We’re thankful to the police. Got him so quickly, but it still doesn’t bring him back,” said Kristine Geer, one of the victim’s nieces.

 

“We’re still grieving, but it’s definitely a relief,” Geer said.

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