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Cops: Leaders Of Philly Mosque Tried To Cut Off Man's Hand With Machete

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Two leaders of a mosque tried to cut off the hand of a man they allege stole jars of money from the house of worship, Philadelphia police said.

The bizarre incident happened July 14th at the Masjid located in the 1100 block of North 63rd Street in the city's Overbrook section.

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According to investigators, the 46-year-old arrived at the mosque at about 4:00 a.m. for Morning Prayer services.

At about 5:30 a.m., after the prayer service concluded, police say the victim was approached by the mosque's Imam and the Amir.

Investigators say the two males accused the victim of stealing jars of money from the Masjid.

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The males, police say, dragged the victim to the rear of the property and attempted to cut off his hand with a machete.

The victim sustained a severe laceration to his right wrist and was transported to Mercy Hospital by medics.

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On July 17th, the Amir, Mabul Shoatz aka Merv Mitchell, was arrested at the mosque.

Police say a two-foot long machete was found at the mosque.

Mabul Shoatz, aka Merv Mitchell, is charged with Aggravated Assault, Criminal Conspiracy, Simple Assault, Reckless Endangering Another Person and related offenses.

The Imam, a 35-year-old male, remains on the loose.

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