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D.C. police look for suspects in Eastern Market assault

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D.C. Police are asking for your help in identifying a vehicle that may be connected to the vicious beating of a man near Eastern Market.

Thomas Maslin, 29, was found unconscious on the doorsteps of a home on North Carolina Avenue on Aug. 18.

Friends say Maslin, who also goes by "T.C.", was heading home from Tune Inn bar on Pennsylvania Avenue around 12:30 a.m. that night.

Police believe Maslin was possibly mugged in a park near Eastern Market during his walk home. Sources say police found some of his belongings in the park across the street.

Tuesday, police released surveillance footage of a 2005 silver Hyundai Sonata that may have been used during Maslin's assault. Police say the video shows the three occupants trying to use the victim's credit card at an Exxon station, located in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, after the assault.

Maslin has undergone two brain surgeries since the attack. The father of a 21-month-old son is responding slowly but surely, according to his wife, Abigail Maslin.

"The message said, 'Can you hold up two fingers?,' and he did it...," Abigail said. ...it is a huge, huge step."

Tuesday night, members of the community gathered to discuss the violent attack. Close to 100 people packed the Hill Center in Southeast to show their support for the Maslin family.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said any information the public can provide would be valuable to the case.

"It could be something as minor as I saw a car that looked like that hanging around two days ago in the same area....," Lanier said. "...might not be the same car. Let us know, let us try and figure that out."

Lanier was joined by Councilman Tommy Wells and others police officers to talk candidly with residents about the assault. The Capitol Hill area  where Maslin was attacked ranks fourth in total number of robberies in the District, a concerning statistic given the spike in violent crimes citywide.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call them at 202-727-9099. You can also text your tip to police by sending a message to 50411.

See the surveillance footage below

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