The Capitol Hill man who was found severely beaten, Saturday morning, has now undergone a second skull surgery at an area hospital, according to a family friend.
29-year-old Thomas "T.C." Maslin was found unconscious on the porch of a home on the 700 block of North Carolina Avenue, SE, around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. That porch is only a short distance away from Eastern Market.
Whoever made the call to police thought the young man might have been suffering from a seizure; but a CT scan at a local hospital revealed skull damage caused, police believe, by a hard strike from a blunt object.
A family member told us: surgeons on Saturday removed part of Maslin's skull to relieve pressure on his brain. The second surgery occurred on Sunday. He is listed in "critical but stable" condition, according to a family friend.
Police say no arrest has been made in the case.
TC Maslin had attended Friday night's Nationals game, then had drinks with friends at the Tune Inn on Pennsylvania Avenue, leaving about 12:45 a.m. Saturday.
Although he wasn't discovered for about eight more hours, police investigators have found a neighborhood resident who told them he (or she) may have heard a man calling for help around 3:30 or 4:00 a.m. That resident apparently did not call police.
Maslin, who is the father of a toddler, is believed to be in a coma.
Police are calling the case an aggravated assault. It is unclear whether investigators have been able to interview the victim.
In that neighborhood, robberies (without the use of a gun) have climbed sharply over the last year, jumping from 50 to 73, compared with the year before. That is a rise of 46%.
Armed robberies using a gun in the same neighborhood rose from eleven to 22 (from mid-August to mid-August over the past two years), according to crime statistics published by D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department.
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