Capitol Hill Community Holding Meeting After Spike In Violent Crimes

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CAPITOL HILL, Md. (CBSDC) - A community meeting is being held in Capitol Hill Thursday to discuss the rapid spike in crime in the area.

The necessity to address the matter was brought on after a recent attack has a resident in the hospital fighting for his life, through surgery after surgery.

29-year-old Thomas Maslin was found unconscious outside a home in Capitol Hill Sunday morning. He had been out for seemingly a normal night in D.C. Friday – stopped off at the Tune Inn bar on Pennsylvania Avenue on his way home from a Nationals game – but was attacked after leaving the bar.

His unresponsive body was discovered around 8:30 a.m. Saturday on the front steps of a home on North Carolina Avenue, along the route to his Lincoln Park home from the bar after leaving at 12:30 a.m.

Maslin is still hospitalized in critical condition after having two brain surgeries.

The Washington Examiner says the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Southeast has seen a 56% increase in violent crimes in 2012, in comparison to this date in 2011. Washington, D.C. as a whole has seen a 9% increase, with gun crimes on the rise. Gun robberies in the city are up 23%, or a total of 777 more cases reported in 2012 than this time in 2011.

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