Cathy Lanier: Eastern Market attack suspects linked to other robberies

      The three men charged with violently assaulting and robbing a 29-year-old man near Eastern Market in August were part of a group of five people who have been linked to a string of robberies in the District, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday.

      Lanier revealed that 21-year-old Tommy Branch, 17-year-old Sunny Kutti and 18-year-old Michael Moore were part of a group of five people{}who were responsible for nine other robberies in the city on WTOP's "Ask the Chief" program.

      Police say{}the three suspects brutally attacked Thomas Maslin, a solar energy analyst, as he was heading home from a birthday party at Tune Inn bar on Pennsylvania Avenue in August.{}He was later{}found unconscious on the front porch of a home.

      Maslin has undergone two brain surgeries since the attack.

      All three{}suspects{}now face armed robbery charges in Maslin's case, and are due back in court in November.