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Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Brother of 49ers TE Vernon Davis charged in claw hammer attack in D.C.

The younger brother of San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was arrested for assault today in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. 

Michael Davis, 19, is accused of hitting a woman in the head with a hammer on Thursday night and is under investigation for three other similar attacks, including one that resulted in the death of a 66-year-old male tourist Tuesday.

D.C. Police described the attacks as “sudden” and “unprovoked,” but police chief Cathy L. Lanier said Friday that police have not conclusively linked Thursday’s assault to the previous incidents.

Vernon Davis was a key contributor during San Francisco’s playoff run. His late touchdown catch against New Orleans sent the 49ers through to the NFC title game.

A Dunbar High School graduate, Davis was selected No. 6 overall by the 49ers in the 2006 NFL draft. He was a 2005 consensus all-American for the Terrapins and earned his lone Pro Bowl selection to date in 2009.

Vernon’s younger brother Vontae Davis is a cornerback on the Miami Dolphins. He also graduated from Dunbar, then played for Illinois before he was selected in the first round by the Dolphins in 2009.

After participating in a D.C. camp in 2009, Vernon Davis wrote on his blog:

“I love doing stuff like that for the kids, but working with my little brother makes it even better. I can't wait until we start our own foundation so that we can get even more involved and help more kids. We came from where they are now, so I think we're able to really reach them and set an example. The highlight of the day came when my little brother Michael stopped by and ran routes with Vontae and I. We all played against each other, and I think it was more fun for us than it was for the kids lol (sibling rivalry is no joke). Man, Michael is more talented than both Vontae and I. I just hope he works hard and sticks with it so he can join us in the NFL one day.”

In a tweet posted Friday morning, Vernon Davis praised Virgin America airlines, indicating he could be en route to D.C.

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Arrest in hammer attack may be linked to Petworth attacks

D.C. police chief: 3 violent attacks in NW potentially linked

By Matt Brooks & Cindy Boren  |  04:37 PM ET, 04/27/2012

 
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