Thumb Left At Crime Scene Helps Police ID Suspect

A Maryland man apparently left his fingerprints at the scene of a robbery. One fingerprint in particular. Police say he used a machete to hold up an alleged brothel in Washington, D.C. But before he left, one of the victims grabbed the machete and chopped off the robber's right thumb. Police fingerprinted the thumb and later matched it to the suspect.

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. If you're squeamish, turn down the radio for 30 seconds. The rest of you can learn that a Maryland man allegedly left his fingerprints at the scene of a robbery. One fingerprint in particular. He used a machete to hold up a reputed brothel in Washington. But before he left, a victim grabbed the machete, and the victim chopped off the robber's right thumb. Police found the thumb and fingerprinted it and later matched it to the suspect. It's Morning Edition.

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