Severed fingertip yields clue in home robbery

Severed fingertip yields clue in home robbery

November 11, 2006

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis police have an unusual clue pointing them toward a suspect in a home invasion and robbery last week.

One of the victims wielded a sword against his assailant and lopped off the gunman's fingertip, leaving both D-N-A and a print to start the investigation.

Police said Guillermo Tovar and seven other men were asleep in an east Memphis home last Saturday morning when two armed men burst in and demanded money.

Tovar grabbed a sword from under the couch and lopped off one of the men's fingers as he aimed a gun at Tovar.

Police described the sword as a cavalry-type saber that the men said they used for landscaping.

Detectives grabbed the fingertip and were able to pull a usable print and find a match in a criminal database.

They continue to investigate the robbery.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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