A Muslim Emir named Merv Mitchell and the Imam both from a mosque in Philadelphia attempted to cut off the hand of a worshipper with a 2 foot long machete. The victim was accused of stealing jars of money so the Muslim leaders had taken him behind the mosque to chop his hand off.
Cops not stumped by mosque machete attack
By David Gambacorta/Philly.com
One leader of an Overbrook mosque is behind bars – and another might join him soon – after Philadelphia police said the two men tried to lop off the hand of a worshipper who had supposedly stolen money from the mosque.
The macabre tale started to unfold as the sun began to fill the morning sky on Monday.
A prayer service had just ended at the Al-Masjid Ur-Razzaq Ul-Karim mosque, which is housed in a decrepit, Hitchcockian building on 63rd Street near Lebanon Avenue.
Merv Mitchell, the mosque’s emir, and the imam, whose name was not released, confronted a 46-year-old man who usually helps organize prayer services, Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives, said yesterday.
Mitchell and the imam accused the man of stealing jars of money from the mosque, and then dragged him down a set of steps in the building, Walker said.
The three men ended up in the back yard, where things quickly got worse for the middle-aged man.
“They threw the victim to the ground and held his right arm against a log,” Walker said.
“One of the offenders grabbed a machete from inside the mosque, and struck the victim near his wrist,” he said. “The blade cut through some of his tendons.”
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