Washington DC: Murdered man's severed thumb used to access banking app, police say

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Fasil Teklemariam, 53, was discovered dead in his bedroom in Washington DC back in April. Two people have now been arrested over the gruesome crime.

The thumb of a man who was violently killed in Washington DC was cut off and used to steal money from his mobile payment app, police say. Fasil Teklemariam, 53, was discovered dead in his bedroom in April. He had several cuts to his legs and a cut on his right hand, and his right thumb had been removed. Two people - Audrey Denise Miller, 19, who investigators believe killed Mr Teklemariam, and Tiffany Taylor Gray, 22 - have been arrested.

Over several days, security cameras captured Miller, Gray and two men coming and going from the building where Mr Teklemariam lived, police say. Authorities believe they used his key fob to get into his apartment, taking several items, including electronics and watches. According to police, Gray and Miller used Mr Teklemariam's thumb to obtain money from his account, with Gray using the funds to pay for Uber, marijuana and alcohol.

 

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