Dead man’s thumb cut off, used to access cash app, police say

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WASHINGTON — A man found dead in his Washington, D.C. apartment had stab wounds and head trauma, and was missing his right thumb. Now, two women are facing murder charges.

Police said that Fasil Teklemariam’s body was found on April 5, days after a woman entered the building with him, WRC reported. Witnesses told police Teklemariam was one of the suspect’s “sugar daddy.”

The Washington Post reported that Teklemariam was killed 2-5 days before he was found. The last time Teklemariam was seen entering his apartment was April 1. However, cellphone data shows his phone left the area that same evening, the Post reported.

It last pinged in College Park, Maryland, near where one of the suspects has an apartment, WRC reported.

Surveillance video showed Tiffany Gray and Audrey Miller, along with two men, coming and going from Teklemariam’s apartment after he was last seen. Police said the group was seen removing his property from the home, WTOP reported. The men have not been named or arrested.

Police said they connected Gray to Teklemariam’s death after they found a complaint he had filed in October that accused Gray of taking $1,800 from his payment apps. A third attempt to take $325 was not processed.

Both Miller and Gray are facing first-degree murder charges, WUSA reported.

Witnesses told police Gray used the man’s thumb to pay for Uber, drugs and alcohol, WTOP and WRC reported.

Police said the victim’s thumb and cell phone are still missing.


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