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Police investigate Eastern Market attacks

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More details are emerging about the attack of a man near Eastern Market. This most recent attack is the second in the area in just under three weeks.

DC police released this surveillance footage of a car believed to be connected to the attack of Thomas Maslin near Eastern Market.

Both attacks happened in the area of North Carolina Avenue, SE. As police connect the dots in the cases, Casey Adams, the victim in the most recent attack, is talking about the ordeal. .

"The cut lip is from where they drop kicked my jaw," Adams says.

The 26-year-old was attacked around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, just four blocks from where 29-year-old Thomas "T.C." Maslin was assaulted and robbed Aug. 18.

Adams had just returned home with a group after visiting another home near Eastern Market. He went outside to take a call, standing near 3rd and North Carolina avenues.

Adams adds, "He said, 'Give me your phone, empty your pockets,' and I said, 'This is all I have. This is my wife on the phone."

According to the police report, the suspect knocked the cellphone out of his hands.

A second suspect came between two parked cars and pointed a silver-colored handgun at him. Both suspects then knocked him to the ground, kicking and punching him in the face. They fled the area with his smartphone.

"I said, 'That's it, you've got it all. They hit me again a couple of times. While I was down,...the second person drop kicked me, drop kicked me like that," Adams recalls.

Adams was able to make the two block walk home and called police.

Maslin wasn't so fortunate.

He suffered severe brain injuries from the attack and has undergone two surgeries. While he can open his eyes, he still can't speak, according to his family. 

The police report indicates the suspects got away in a silver, four-door car, a vehicle description that is similar to one released in Maslin's case.

Last week, police released surveillance video from a Pennsylvania Avenue gas station. In the video, three people in a four-door 2005 silver Hyundai Sonata are seen trying to use Maslin's credit card at one of the pumps after the attack.

According to police sources, they are looking into whether these two cases are related. 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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