3 arrested in connection with beating of man on Capitol Hill
Video Story By Karen Gray Houston, @kghfox5dc - bio
TC Maslin (left)
D.C. Police say three people have been arrested in connection with the beating of a man in Capitol Hill.
21-year-old Tommy Tyrone Branch, of Fort Washington, Md., 18-year-old Michael Moore of Landover, Md. and a juvenile male have been arrested for the violent armed robbery.
Thomas "TC" Maslin was severely beaten, robbed of his cell phone and wallet and was found unconscious on the porch of a home in the 700 block of North Carolina Avenue on the morning of August 18.
Maslin had attended a Nationals game the night before, and following the game, had drinks with friends at the Tune Inn on Pennsylvania Avenue, leaving at about 12:45 a.m. Saturday.
Maslin has had at least two brain surgeries since the attack and still remains in the hospital.
Over a week later, D.C. Police released surveillance video of a silver Hyundai Sonata and three people of interest inside the vehicle shortly after the attack. Police say they were attempting to use Maslin's credit card at the Exxon gas station on Pennsylvania Avenue right after the assault.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says police were able to link the car to one of the three suspects and have recovered the vehicle.
Lanier also says the suspects are accused of another armed robbery that took place after the attack of Maslin at around 3 a.m. She says three victims were confronted at gunpoint and robbed of their cell phones and other property in the 1800 block of 18th Street in Northwest D.C. Police say the suspects were arrested following that robbery.
Statement by Abigail Maslin, wife of TC Maslin:
"The news of tonight's arrests brings great relief to my family. We are indebted to the hard work of DC detectives and police. They have worked tirelessly since August 18th to bring justice to this case and ensure safety for all citizens of the District. As a team they have displayed incredible professionalism, empathy, and courage. While we are greatly relieved that the justice process is unfolding, the effects of this senseless act have left an indelible mark on our lives. TC's recovery will be long, arduous, and uncertain. He has suffered in unthinkable ways as a result of the actions of these young men. It is our deepest hope that this incident will serve as a reminder to all people in the community that it is our social responsibility to look out for one another, to be alert to suspicious situations, and to keep our eyes and ears open for information that may assist in providing justice."