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DC police investigate second Eastern Market attack

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A second brutal attack in the Eastern Market area has residents concerned and police looking for any similarities to a violent Aug. assault.

Investigators say a man was attacked at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, just four blocks away from where 29-year-old Thomas "T.C." Maslin was attacked on Aug. 18.

This most recent attack, like Maslin's, happened on North Carolina Avenue, but closer to Brent Elementary School. Although injured, the victim in Tuesday's assault was able to get home and call police.

Maslin wasn't so fortunate. He was found unconscious on the doorsteps of a home on North Carolina Avenue a few hours after he was assaulted. 

Police believe Maslin may have been mugged in a park near Eastern Market during a walk home from a nearby bar. Sources say police found some of his belongings in the park across the street.

The young father has been hospitalized ever since the robbery, undergoing two brain surgeries and having part of his skull removed. His family says he fights everyday to recover. Opening his eyes, holding up two fingers or giving a thumbs up have been quiet, but momentous, victories.

Police are investigating whether the two male suspects in the Sept. 4 case could also be responsible for Maslin's assault, sources confirm.

Last week, detectives released surveillance video of a car believed to be connected to Maslin's case. Police say the occupants of the 2005 silver Hyundai Sonata attempted to use Maslin's credit card at an Exxon station, located in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, after the assault..

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

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