Two leaders of a Philadelphia mosque allegedly tried to cut off the hand of a suspected thief, police said Friday.
The 46-year-old victim had a deep laceration on his right hand and told police that two officials, the mosque’s imam and amir, accused him of stealing jars of money at Masjid Ar-Razaqq Ul-Karim after morning prayers on Monday.
They allegedly dragged the man to the rear of the mosque and tried to chop off his hand with a machete, according to a police statement.
The man was transported to a nearby hospital by paramedics. He will require reconstructive surgery, ABC 27 reported.
Police served a search warrant at the mosque Thursday and found a 2-foot-long machete.
They arrested the amir, Merv Mitchell, also known as Mabul Shoatz. He was charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, reckless endangerment and related offenses.
Police are still searching to the mosque’s 35-year-old imam, who was not identified.
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