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Man wanted in shooting arrested in Baltimore

June 07, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - A man wanted by the Hagerstown Police Department in connection with a May 28 alley shooting was taken into custody by authorities in the Baltimore area late Friday.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., resident now is charged with attempted second-degree murder, among other offenses, police said.

Police said Phineas E. Chaplin, also known as "Butter," 20, whose last known address is 1504 Park Place Apartments, Apt. 3F, was taken into custody at a Baltimore County residence at about 10:30 p.m. Friday. The arrest came just hours after Detectives George Brandt and Shawn Schultz obtained an arrest warrant for Chaplin, police said.

Chaplin, accused by police of shooting a man in the right thigh and right arm just more than a week ago, was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Sunday night on $1 million bond, a detention center spokesman said.

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Chaplin is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, armed robbery, reckless endangerment, wearing/carrying a handgun on person and possession of a handgun while being a convicted felon, police said.

Police said a 23-year-old man was shot after he was asked for money in an alley in the 300 block of South Locust Street.

The victim and a second man were riding in a car down Burger's Alley and were approached by two other men in the alley. One of the men displayed a handgun and demanded money from the men in the car, but after a fight among the four men, the victim was shot in the right thigh and suffered a superficial bullet wound to the right arm, police said. Another man said the armed assailant hit him in the face with the handgun.

The shooting victim was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.

Chaplin was convicted in 2001 in Washington County Circuit Court with a felony distribution of a controlled dangerous substance charge, police said.

Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said Chaplin recently was released from one of the Roxbury Road prison facilities but was not able to specify the date or the facility where he was held.

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