A woman who allegedly murdered an 80-year-old man outside an Arlington, Virginia, meat store in April wrote “I touch little girls” on his chest and his white T-shirt had “Miss Williams” written on the back of it, a preliminary autopsy report filed by the Arlington County Police Department said Wednesday.
Police identified the woman as 87-year-old Miltine Browne. She’s been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Thomas Moore, who was found dead April 28 outside the Corcoran Meat Market on Wilson Boulevard.
Autopsy results from the Virginia Department of Forensic Sciences showed that Moore died from “blunt force trauma” to the chest, the report said. Authorities also found cocaine and other drugs in the freezer in the back of the store, and said the cocktail of narcotics could have contributed to the death.
Marjorie Mercado, 64, was found at around 6:40 p.m. last Thursday with blood inside her home in the 2500 block of Ellsworth Drive, the report said. She told authorities she had been attacked inside her home by two men who broke in through an unlocked door. One of the men, whom Mercado said was Hispanic, was described as between 25 and 30 years old, about 5 feet, 11 inches and 170 pounds, and had a thin mustache, the report said. He was wearing a yellow shirt with a matching hat and dark pants.
Police arrested Mercado two days later. Though she told authorities the men had fled the neighborhood with her car, she later provided police with an address of an apartment complex nearby. When authorities arrived, they arrested her on suspicion of felonious assault.
In court Monday, a detective asked Brown about a small black bag that was in the clothing closet in the kitchen, and which appeared to be full of clothing, which had the words “I touch little girls” written in black marker. “I can’t tell you anything about the case, ma’am,” he told the detective, according to an audio recording of the court hearing.
A preliminary hearing for Mercado is scheduled for July 12. It’s unclear if she has an attorney. A spokesperson for the Arlington County Police Department said Wednesday that the office would not be releasing further information about the case. A spokeswoman for the police department said Wednesday that more information would be released later this week.