Warren man charged with multiple felonies for bad drug deal

James Funkhouser

A Warren man originally questioned for misdemeanor theft allegedly talked his way into two felonies, as well as a felony for the man who accused him.

According to City of Warren Police, James D. Funkhouser Jr., 20, of Warren, is charged with criminal use of a communication facility, possession with intent to deliver, theft by unlawful taking, and theft by deception.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, officers responded to a report of a theft on Jan. 19, 2017.

The caller, Erick Shafer, told police Funkhouser had asked him for money to buy a drink. When he pulled out his wallet, Funkhouser took all the money from it and ran, Shafer told police.

Funkhouser told police a different story.

“During the interview, (Funkhouser) stated that he didn’t steal the money and that Shafer gave it to him in exchange for marijuana,” police wrote in the affidavit. “The defendant (Funkhouser) stated that he met with Shafer on Elm Street and Pennsylvania Avenue East and received $70 for the marijuana. The defendant admitted that he took off with the money instead of giving Shafer the marijuana.”

In the criminal complaint, police said Funkhouser used his cell phone to set up a drug deal through Facebook Messenger.

Shafer, 19, of Warren, was charged with criminal use of a communication facility, and false reports — falsely incriminating another.