Police have warned people not to walk alone near the area where the three attacks have happened.
D.C. police have made an arrest that may be linked to several assaults — one of them fatal — in Northwest D.C. this week. A 19-year-old woman was attacked in an alley last night by a suspect police believe may have wielded a hammer. A short time later, Michael Davis, 19, of Northwest D.C., was arrested and found to have a hammer in his backpack, according to Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
Davis is the younger brother of professional football players Vontae Davis and Vernon Davis, according to a report by WJLA. The duo, who are themselves from Washington D.C., play for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.
The report appears to be corroborated by a tweet on Vernon Davis' Twitter page, where he mentions a "disturbing call from back home" early on Friday.
Last night's attack, like the three previous attacks in recent days, were sudden, unexpected, and unprovoked, Lanier says. MPD is still investigating if Thursday's attack is connected to the previous three. Residents are urged to remain alert.
On Tuesday evening, Gary Dederichs, who was visiting the area from Denver, was found unconscious in an alley on Emerson Street NW. On Wednesday morning, another man was found unconscious on Georgia Avenue. That night, a woman was assaulted on 9th Street. Dederichs, the first victim, died, while the other two victims were hospitalized.
Lanier says police have not found any connection between the victims, but the attacks — which took place within a 27-hour span — were similar.
"All three of the victims did suffer pretty significant blunt force
trauma to the head and, preliminarily, it seems the victims were
assaulted suddenly and without provocation," says Lanier. "Since it appears that all the individuals were alone at the time, we're asking that residents in the area walk in pairs or in groups when at all possible until we get more information."
Lanier says police will be increasing their presence in the nearby Petworth neighborhood as a result of the attacks. She reminds residents to report suspicious activity.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or submit a tip anonymously by texting 50411.