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Police: Philadelphia Muslim Leader Tried to Cut Off Suspected Thief's Hand

July 22, 2014  | 

Booking photo of Merv Mitchell, AKA: Mabul Shoatz (Photo: Philadelphia PD)
Booking photo of Merv Mitchell, AKA: Mabul Shoatz (Photo: Philadelphia PD)

A leader at a West Philadelphia mosque was arrested for allegedly trying to chop off the hand of a member accused of stealing money from prayer jars, police said Friday.

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 63rd Street, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives told

The attack happened after a prayer service Monday morning. Mitchell, also known as C, accused the 46-year-old mosque member of the theft.

The accused immediately denied it, but to no avail. Mitchell and the mosque's imam carried the accused down a flight of stairs to the backyard of the mosque, a converted house, where Mitchell also lives, Walker said.

They put the victim's wrist on a log, and Mitchell reportedly picked up a two-foot-long machete and "swung at [the accused's] wrist, cut through his skin, and cut his tendons, but didn't make it all the way" because the blade was dull, Walker said.

Comments (8)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 7/22/2014 1:06 PM

With the new rulings that religious laws trump codified ordinances he was following the law. Next time sharpen the blade though.

Ali Akbar @ 7/22/2014 8:23 PM

What a great recruiting campaign. "Oh yeah, and maybe down the road if you steal an apple, we may have to cut your hand off."

CubsFan @ 7/23/2014 6:43 AM

Freaking savages

Capt. Crunch @ 7/23/2014 8:32 AM

I wonder what they would have done with the hand if they had cut it off. I know they don't eat pork, but what about a human hand sandwich.

mutah @ 7/25/2014 7:24 PM


David B @ 7/26/2014 10:37 AM

It still is not one world. It makes one wonder what other "laws" are they in forcing mosque.

Power @ 12/31/2015 3:36 PM

Before sharia happens here mutah and his boys will start disappearing.

Power @ 12/31/2015 3:52 PM

What's that shitstain on his head. Lmaooo. Is this cunt doing time. That is a serious offense. These kids need to be forced to realize they aren't in the middle east, or they can be deported to the middle east if they really want that life.

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