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Police Arrest Two Suspects Who Allegedly Cut Off Victim’s Thumb To Access Mobile Payment App

Authorities in Washington, D.C., have arrested two suspects for allegedly stabbing and slashing a man to death and then amputating his thumb in April to gain access to a mobile payment app, according to court documents.

According to the affidavit used in the arrest of the two women, they are accused of killing Fasil Teklemariam, 53, at his apartment on or about April 1, 2024.

Metropolitan Police officers responded to Teklemariam's apartment on April 5th following a report of an unconscious male victim in his bedroom. Upon arrival, officers found the victim unresponsive and suffering from multiple “sharp edge trauma” injuries. Teklemariam appeared to be deceased when officers arrived. (Related: Police find photo of caged woman, charge two men with murder and mutilation)

The victim suffered “trauma to the head, injuries to the torso, and several lacerations to the legs. [his] The affidavit states that Teklemariam's “right hand” had been amputated, and also states that his “right thumb had been amputated.”

Police first became aware of the incident when the victim's family was unable to contact her for several days. Authorities said security camera footage showed a female suspect, reportedly with two men, entering the building. Several items were believed to have been stolen, according to the affidavit.

A witness told authorities the victim was in a romantic relationship with one of the female suspects. He also said he “cut off the victim's fingers” and that one of the female suspects was a prostitute. The victim told police that Teklemariam was her “patron,” according to documents.

Witnesses also told investigators that Taylor used the victim's thumb to “withdraw money from the deceased's account.” The suspect used the victim's account to pay for Uber rides and purchase marijuana and alcohol. Taylor allegedly called financial institutions to attempt to access the deceased's bank account but was unsuccessful.

Authorities arrested one woman on June 21 and she has been charged with first-degree murder and armed murder. NBC WashingtonPolice arrested another suspect on July 1, who also faces the same charges.

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