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Severed Fingertip Frozen As Evidence

March 28, 1986

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) _ Police have more than just the fingerprint of a man suspected of attempted rape - they’ve got his fingertip.

Patrolman John Carpani went to a hospital Tuesday night to investigate a report by a man who said a robber in a grocery parking lot bit off the tip of his finger. Later that night, Carpani handled the case of a woman who said she bit off the tip of a would-be rapist’s finger in her apartment building.

The woman told police she was walking into her apartment when a man put a hand over her mouth and pulled her back into the hallway. She said she bit the man on his little finger, severing it just above the nail and he fled. She spit out the tip, but after calling police, she and a friend found it.

She had put the severed fingertip in her refrigerator, but by the time Carpani raced back to the hospital with it, the injured man’s severed finger had been stitched up, and he had left.

Police Chief Gene Kiser said the investigation is continuing and that the fingertip has been frozen as potential evidence.

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