BY Stephen Nartey, 2:45pm July 11, 2024,

Woman allegedly used deceased man’s severed thumb to access his financial apps, only to use funds on booze

Fasil Teklemariam/Photo credit: GoFundme

A woman allegedly used a deceased man’s severed thumb to access his financial apps and steal money for drugs and alcohol. Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police revealed that Fasil Teklemariam, 53, was discovered dead in a Northwest D.C. apartment on the night of April 5, having suffered multiple stab wounds.

Authorities have arrested two women in connection with the murder of Teklemariam. Audrey Miller, 19, was charged with first-degree and armed felony murder in late June. On July 1, Tiffany Taylor Gray, 22, was arrested on the same charges, WJAR reported.

According to charging documents obtained by The Washington Post, Teklemariam’s autopsy revealed he suffered multiple traumatic injuries, including blunt-force fractures to his head, several lacerations, a stab wound, and a missing right thumb.

The Washington Post reported that the medical examiner determined Teklemariam was killed two to five days before his body was found. The examiner noted that Teklemariam’s thumb was severed shortly before or after his death.

“An anonymous witness told police that Gray and Teklemariam knew each other and referred to him as Gray’s ‘sugar daddy,’” The Washington Post reported, citing the documents.

“The witness told police that the group of people involved in the attack had cut off Teklemariam’s thumb and said they had observed Gray using Teklemariam’s severed thumb to steal money from his account.”

The suspects reportedly used the stolen money to pay for Uber rides, marijuana, and alcohol and also took electronic devices and household items from Teklemariam.

Authorities continue to investigate and urge anyone with information to contact police at 202-727-9099 or text a tip to 50411.

“The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime committed in the District of Columbia,” police noted.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: July 11, 2024


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