Jul 19 2014
Police say a leader at a west Philadelphia mosque is under arrest after he was accused of trying to chop off the hand of a mosque member he suspected of stealing money from prayer jars.
The Inquirer (h/t Jennifer L) Merv Mitchell, 37, was arrested Thursday night when police executed a search warrant at Masjid Ar-Razaqq Ul-Karim in the 1100 block of North 63d Street, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The attack happened after a prayer service Monday morning. Mitchell, also known as Mabul Shoatz, accused the 46-year-old mosque member of the theft.