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Washington DC: Murdered man’s severed thumb was used to access banking app, police say | US News

The thumb of a man who was murdered in Washington DC was cut off and used to steal money from his mobile payment app, police say.

Fasil Teklemariam, 53, was found dead in his bedroom in April.

He had several cuts on his legs and a cut on his right hand, and his right thumb had been amputated.

Two people — Audrey Denise Miller, 19, who investigators say killed Teklemariam, and Tiffany Taylor Gray, 22 — have been arrested.

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Fasil Teklemariam. Photo: Metropolitan Police Department/NBC News

A witness told police that Teklemariam was Gray’s “rich dad.”

Detectives also found evidence suggesting that cleaning products had been used at the crime scene.

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Police say Miller, Gray and two men were caught on surveillance cameras entering and leaving the building where Teklemariam lived for several days. Authorities believe they used his key fob to enter his apartment and took several items, including electronics and watches.

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Photo: Metropolitan Police Department/NBC News

According to police, Gray and Miller used Teklemariam’s thumb to get money from her account, and Gray used the funds to pay for Uber, marijuana and alcohol.

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Officers arrested Miller on June 21 and charged her with first-degree murder and armed manslaughter, according to NBC News, Sky’s U.S. sister network. Miller is being held pending a preliminary hearing.

Police arrested Gray in Prince George’s County on July 1 on a warrant charging her with first-degree murder and armed murder.