A 26-year-old man who just moved to D.C. to complete a political journalism internship has been beaten and robbed blocks away from a similar attack last month in Capitol Hill that left a man in a coma.
In this latest attack on North Carolina Avenue in Southeast D.C., Casey Adams was approached by two men who got out of a nearby car. They told him to empty his pockets while pointing a gun at him, then they knocked him to the ground, kicking and punching him in the face. The suspects took his cell phone, jumped into the back of a car and drove off.
Adams told FOX 5 he did not see the car, but believes at least one witness did. He has several cuts on his face and a swollen lip.
D.C. Police are trying to figure out if Adams' robbery is linked to a similar attack on August 17 when TC Maslin was robbed and beaten on North Carolina Avenue. He remains in the hospital and has had at least two brain surgeries.
D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells is so concerned about others being attacked in this area that he plans to ask all late night establishments to warn residents to be safe as they walk home late at night. One business in the area has placed a news report about the assaults on its door.
"We have to really let the patrons know that you have to walk in groups until we get a handle on this," said Wells.
Police say there were over 40 robberies over the Labor Day weekend in the District. When we asked them for an on-camera interview about this robbery and attack, they declined.