WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Michael Davis, the 19-year-old brother of NFL players Vernon and Vontae Davis, has been arrested in connection with a brutal attack of a young woman in the District.

As it stands currently, Michael Davis has been charged with one count of aggravated assault.

On Thursday night, officers found a 19-year-old female on the ground suffering from obvious injury to the head. While approaching the victim, the officers saw a person in a nearby alley who was holding a dark-colored bag. When the person noticed police spotted him, he attempted to flee the area. Police pursued him and were ultimately able to take him into custody in the 4800 block of Illinois Avenue.

Police were able to retrieve the bag that Davis dropped during the pursuit. Inside, authorities found a claw hammer, which they believe to be the weapon used in the assault.

The victim in the assault remains hospitalized with serious head injuries.

Police are investigating whether the assault is linked to a string of other attacks in the Petworth neighborhood over the past 72 hours, including the murder of 66-year-old Gary Dederichs, a Denver tourist, on Tuesday night.

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis tweeted that he got a disturbing call from back home on Thursday night.

“Hopefully he wasn’t involved,” the one-time Pro Bowl tight end posted.

The 28-year-old Davis attended lettered in football, basketball and track & field at Dunbar High School before attending the University of Maryland. He was the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft.

Like his older brother, Vontae Davis was a star athlete at Dunbar where he doubled as a cornerback and wide receiver. He was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins out of the University of Illinois.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced the arrest at a Friday morning press conference.


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