Merv Mitchell, emir of the Al-Masjid Ur-Razzaq Ul-Karim mosque in Philadelphia, was arrested and thrown in jail after he and the mosque's imam reportedly attempted to cut off the hand of a worshiper with a 2-foot machete, The Blaze reported Saturday.
According to reports, a prayer service had just ended when the unnamed victim was approached by Mitchell and the imam -- who was also not identified. The 46-year-old victim was accused of stealing jars of money from the mosque, police Lt. John Walker said.
The man denied stealing the money, but Mitchell and the imam apparently didn't believe him. Walker said the man was dragged to the backyard of the mosque for punishment.
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