As you’ve likely heard by now on the local news, a man was found on Saturday morning, unconscious and beaten, after an apparent assault early that morning.
According to the Washington Post, Thomas Maslin, an energy analyst, father, and Hill resident, attended the Nationals game on Friday night and then went to a bar on Pennsylvania Ave. for a birthday celebration. He left around 1 a.m. and was apparently mugged and beaten in a park off Pennsylvania Avenue and North Caroline Avenue, SE, on his way home. It is believed that he went to a few nearby houses for help, but the residents were all out of town. He was found the next morning, unconscious, on the porch of a home in the 700 block of North Carolina Avenue, SE.
The Post noted that, “statistics show a sharp rise in robberies — 14 with a gun through Aug. 12, compared with six in the corresponding period last year, and 40 without guns, up from 28 in the first eight months of 2011. There have been a few more assaults, raising the total to seven.” However, this level of violence is still a bit rare for this section of the Hill. That intersection is well-lit and well-traveled, even at 1 a.m., making such an assault particularly unnerving.
Thomas, his wife Abby, and their two-year-old son, Jack, live just off Lincoln Park. A donation e-mail account has been created for medical and other expenses that the Maslins will incur in the near future. If anyone wants to donate, please go to PayPal and search for loveforthemaslins [at] gmail [dot] com. Donations are being managed and facilitated through this e-mail address. Any type of support will be incredibly appreciated. So far, dog-walking and housecleaning have been scheduled and local listserv Moms on The Hill (MoTH) is scheduling meals.
We will provide more information as it becomes available. WJLA interviewed ANC Commissioner Ivan Frishberg here: