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5th Hammer Attack Victim Speaks With 9NEWSNOW

5:08 PM, Apr 30, 2012   |    comments
  • Michael Davis was arrested in connection with the DC Hammer attacks (Photo courtesy of Prince of
  • Michael Davis was arrested in connection with the DC Hammer attacks (Photo courtesy of Prince of
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NORTHWEST, DC. (WUSA) -- A 5th victim in a series of hammer attacks in the Petworth community spoke with 9NEWSNOW reporter Surae Chinn.

The 58-year-old man did not want to show his face on camera but remembers distinctly who hit him in the head because they came face to face and exchanged pleasantries.

"With a smile he said how are you doing, sir? I said how are you doing? He seemed normal, he didn't look like a threat at all. Next thing I know I'm raising myself off the ground."

The victim said he was out walking his dog, Thursday afternoon, when it happened.

"before I could even turn, I was hit with something. Some kind of object. I fell down and I blacked out."

He pointed to the scrapes left on his face, ear, lips and wrist when he fell. There was a big knot behind his left ear where he said he was struck once.

The man is the 5th person to come forward in a string of hammer attacks last week that left one Denver man dead.

He says he identified 19-year-old Michael Davis in a police lineup. Davis, the brother of two NFL star players Vontae and Vernon Davis, appeared in court this weekend. The judge ordered Davis held without bond.

The victim delayed reporting the crime until the next day on Friday because he said he didn't know it was related at first and court papers said he was embarrassed. That's when his neighbors told him the alleged attacker was behind bars.

"you know they caught this guy he and his wife came by. The minute he told me I dialed 9-1-1. They got an officer to get my statement because I said it may be related to what was happening."

He knows he has less severe injuries than the other victims. But because of that, he helped identify the suspect and bring about the second charge od assault with intent to kill.  He has not been charged with murder.

Additional charges could be pending and police say they are looking at a series of other attacks that could be related.

"I'm one of the lucky ones. Makes me want to cry because it could have been more serious."

Davis' preliminary hearing is set for May 11th.


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