LIMA — A 23-year-old Lima man who reportedly admitted to police that he possessed a handgun and pointed it at his victim during an orchestrated robbery last fall appeared in court Friday.
Cardale Funches is charged with aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree that includes a firearm specification, for his alleged role in the Sept. 17 armed robbery of a man outside the the Maplewood/Northwood Apartments on Brower Road.
Three other individuals — Lima residents Isahia Dyous, Jordyn Mitchell and Brenna Cochran — face identical charges in the incident. According to court records, all four took part in a scheme to rob Tyshawn Thompson.
Funches appeared in court Friday with his attorney, Steve Chamberlain, for a hearing on a defense motion to suppress statements he made to police following his arrest. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kenneth Sturgill submitted into evidence a DVD of a police interview with Funches as well as a form the Lima man had signed acknowledging he had been informed of his constitutional rights prior to the interview.
Judge Terri Kohlrieser took the items under advisement and said she will issue a ruling on the suppression motion in the near future.
Thompson told police on Sept. 17 that he had been kicked out of his apartment by Mitchell and their roommate, Cochran, and was to meet with Mitchell outside the apartment complex to exchange some personal property.
During that meeting, Thompson said, two black males approached the group. One of the men, later identified as Funches, reportedly pulled a handgun from his sweatshirt and pointed it at Thompson before robbing him of his cellphone and identification. The other black male was later identified as Dyous.
Funches reportedly admitted to police he had possessed the handgun during and after the robbery. Mitchell reportedly confessed to setting up the robbery and said knew Funches possessed the handgun.