Tire Slasher Forgets Accidentally Severed Finger at Crime Scene

They say a criminal should never return to the scene of a crime. But in this case, things might've gone better for him if he had.

A woman in Maricopa, Arizona woke up on Thursday to find her driveway had become a violent crime scene overnight. Not only were her car's tires slashed, but she discovered a lone severed finger nearby, along with a trail of blood.

According to Maricopa Monitor, someone had slashed two tires on one side of Francesca Wikoff's GMC Yukon, suggesting that the perpetrator might have been in the middle of the job when the accident took place. A bloody trail reportedly led from the vehicle to a nearby residence.

Wikoff said she has her suspicions about who may have committed the unintentionally bloody crime. Specifically, she believes the culprit is an angry neighbor with who she and her husband had gotten into a disagreement just the night before.

Wikoff and her husband were going to a different neighbor's house when this particular male neighbor reportedly came along too, uninvited.

Increasingly intoxicated as the night went on, the neighbor is said to have displayed aggression towards Wikoff and her husband.

"He tried to get in an altercation with my husband, who is injured. Then...he shoved me twice," Wikoff said. "He was asked to leave, and he didn't like that," she adds, "so he tried to retaliate by slashing my tires. However, he left a little consolation prize."

Wikoff believes the incident occurred later that same night when another neighbor reported hearing the scream of the alleged perpetrator.

"My neighbor heard him yelling and crying, probably about, like, 10:30 p.m., so we figured that's when it happened," she said.

The suspect has reportedly not been home since Wikoff discovered the appendage, but she expects charges will be filed once he is located and identified.

As disturbing as the incident might have been for some, Wikoff, an ex-firefighter and EMT, has a strong stomach and handles the gore with a sense of humor. "I literally have been laughing all day because if I don't, I might cry," she said, according to KCTV 5.

"It's pretty comical," she added. "You would think that if you're gonna go to the hospital, especially if you just severed your finger off, that you would take said finger with you."

"I don't find joy in anybody hurting themselves," she said. "However, karma has a good way of working itself out."

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An alleged crime in Arizona reportedly left the perpetrator short one finger. Andrew Lichtenstein/Getty Images