Armed Robberies And Brutal Beatings Double In Washington DC Market Area

WASHINGTON, DC – A 29-year-old man found unconscious on the front porch of a house near Eastern Market Saturday morning had been beaten, District police said, and homicide detectives are investigating.

Few details were released but police sent out a community alert about the incident.

The victim was found on a porch in the 700 block of North Carolina Ave., SE. Police said he did not live at the home.

The victim was not identified further. And authorities could not say whether the man was attacked on the porch or elsewhere.

Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman, said the initial call for help came to paramedics for a man suffering a seizure. He was found unconscious but breathing, Carew said, and was rushed to a hospital.

Police said a medical evaluation revealed the man had been assaulted and investigators, along with homicide detectives who routinely investigate assaults in which victims are critically injured, went to the home.

The man was found on a residential street across from an area full of boutique shops and eateries, and typically crowded, especially on weekends. The neighborhood is southeast of the U.S. Capitol grounds.

Police have reported no homicides this year in the patrol area around the market, but statistics show a sharp rise in robberies — 14 with a gun through Aug. 12, compared with six this time last year, and 40 robberies without guns, up from 28 for the same period in 2011.

Armed and unarmed assaults also have gone up in the area, from four in 2011 to seven this year. The patrol area roughly covers 2nd through 13th streets SE and G Street to Maryland Avenue.

Update: Friends and family have identified the victim as Thomas Maslin.

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