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Two Westminster men and a Baltimore County man were arrested on Monday in an alleged robbery-for-hire scheme that ended in a car chase in Baltimore County during which a shot was fired.

Brandon Caprarola, 27, of the 1900 block Patricia Court, in Westminster, and Jordan Smith, 26, of the 700 block Yorkminster Lane, also in Westminster, were arrested Sept. 21 after a chase through the Cockeysville area of Baltimore County.

Caprarola and Smith each face eight charges for allegedly robbing a man in a parking lot outside an apartment building in Cockeysville.

David Funk, 21, of the first block of Quiet Stream Court, Cockeysville, was later arrested and charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Smith reportedly told investigators that Caprarola came to him “a week or two” before the robbery to talk about making some money.

Smith said Caprarola told him a third man, Funk, wanted them to rob another man for a “large amount of pills and anything else he could get and give it back to (Funk) and that Dave Funk would pay him $500,” according to charging documents.

Smith told police he needed extra money and “it sounded easy enough,” according to the charging documents.

Smith told investigators he and Caprarola met Funk a few days later at a fast food restaurant. It was there that Funk allegedly gave the pair a shotgun and ammunition, according to police reports. Funk then called the pair Monday to tell them that the victim would be at Funk’s apartment that night, according to the charging documents.

The victim told police that he and two unidentified friends had been invited to play video games at Funk’s apartment.

The victim and the two friends were leaving the apartment just after 10 p.m. when a masked man armed with a shotgun approached them, according to the charging documents.

The friends ran off. The victim attempted to run to his car but the robber caught up to him and kicked the car door closed, causing an injury to the victim’s eye.

The robber pointed the shotgun at the victim and ordered him to empty his pockets into a bag, according to the charging documents. The victim put money, about 30 prescription pain pills and a watch into the bag.

The robber got into a red Ford F150 truck driven by another man. The victim then got into his own car and followed the truck while calling 911 on a cell phone to report the truck’s tag number.

As truck headed toward York Road, several marked police cars caught up with it. According to the charging documents, as one of the cruisers closed in on the truck, an officer reported seeing what appeared to be a shotgun pointed out of driver’s window. The officer said one shot was fired before the driver lost control of the weapon and dropped the gun onto Warren Road.

The police pulled the truck over. The two men inside, later identified as Caprarola and Smith, were arrested. Police recovered the shotgun from the middle of Warren Road.

Inside the truck police found cash, shotgun ammunition and a pair of black-and-red gloves. Police identified Smith as the driver. A black mask fell out of the truck as Smith was being arrested, according to the charging documents.

Smith told police he threw several things out of the vehicle including some of the victim’s property, during the chase. He also claimed that he threw the shotgun out of the passenger’s window and that the gun when off when it hit the ground. He denied firing a shot at police officers, according to the charging documents.

Caprarola asked for a lawyer and declined to speak to police.

Caprarola and Smith are each charged with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, armed robbery, theft of property valued at more than $500 and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Caprarola is being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson in lieu of $250,000 bail.

According to police records, in 2007, Caprarola faced charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Those charges were later placed on an inactive docket, meaning the case was not adjudicated.

Smith is being held in the detention center in lieu of $750,000. He has multiple drug possession charges dating back to 2002 that were also placed on an inactive docket.

Smith was sentenced in May to four years of supervised probation for two traffic violations related to a driving under the influence arrest in Baltimore City. He was also convicted in 2005 of drug possession and in 2007 of drug distribution.

Funk was released on $75,000 bail. In 2007, Funk was charged with two counts each of armed robbery, robbery, carrying a dangerous weapon and other related crimes. Those charges were dropped in June 2008.


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