Robbery Suspect Escapes with Cash, Leaves Thumb

A man suspected in an armed robbery at an alleged brothel in Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood left some evidence at the scene -- his thumb, police said.

Byron Perez and an accomplice made off with hundreds of dollars in cash in the Oct. 11 raid, police said. One of the victims took control of Perez's silver machete and hacked off his right thumb, according to charging documents.

About two hours after the robbery, a nine-fingered Perez went to an emergency room. Police caught up with him and brought the severed thumb to the hospital.

A doctor told police the thumb "fits like a puzzle piece," according to an arrest affidavit. Perez was transferred to a Baltimore hospital to have it reattached.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered the Hyattsville, Md., man held without bond.

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