Michael Davis, Brother of NFL Star Vernon Davis, Arrested in Possible Connection To Petworth Hammer Murder, Assaults

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  • Michael Davis was arrested in connection with the DC Hammer attacks (Photo courtesy of Prince of Petworth.com
  • Gary Dederichs was murdered in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A man has possibly been connected to the brutal murder of a Denver tourist, and the "blunt-force" attacks on three others in the Petworth area of Washington, DC. 

Michael Davis was chased down by police officers on the 800 block of Illinois Avenue, after he allegedly attacked a 19-year-old woman in the Petworth area of DC. 

When 9 News Now searched Michael Davis's address, it came up as the same address as NFL superstar Vernon Davis's local address, 920 Emerson Street, in the Petworth area of DC. 

Vernon Davis was also a standout tight end for the Maryland Terrapins. He Tweeted clues that he is somehow involved with the person arrested. 

"Just got a disturbing call from back home in Washington, DC. A good day gone bad! Hopefully he wasn't involved!" Vernon Davis Tweeted.

Another Davis brother, Vontae, plays for the Miami Dolphins.

Michael Davis has not yet been directly connected to the murder of Gary Dederichs, a registered nurse from Denver, who was visiting DC, on Tuesday night, or the two other attacks. However, DC Chief Cathy Lanier said she is "much more comfortable" with this suspect in custody. 

Davis was carrying a bag and hiding in an alley, when police responded to the 19-year-old woman screaming for help on the ground at the 800 block of Gallatin Street, NW, at around 9:00 p.m. Thursday night, police said.

When police saw Davis in the shadows, he dropped the bag and started running away. A police chase ensued and he was taken down at the 800 block of Illinois Avenue shortly afterward. 

Police found a claw hammer in Davis's bag, a weapon they believe was used in at least two of the attacks. 

Davis is only being charged with one count of aggravated assault in for the attack on the teen, but other charges are sure to follow. 

Police canvassed homes in Ward 4, warning them not to walk alone and to be on the lookout for anyone suspicious in the area. 

All four victims appeared to be walking alone, at night, when the attacks happened, Lanier said.

One of the victims was believed to be hit by a car when police showed up to one of the scenes. It was later found out that the victim had been hit in the head with some sort of blunt object, Lanier said.

The attacks all happened in a ten block radius. The two other victims are both still in the hospital, Lanier said.

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