A suspect has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of a female jogger in Washington, D.C., Tuesday evening, Fox News reports.
The suspect, 23-year-old Anthony Crawford, allegedly stabbed and killed Wendy K. Martinez in “an unprovoked attack,” according to D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham.
Martinez, 35, was jogging in Logan Circle, typically a “very safe neighborhood,” at about 8 p.m. Tuesday night when she was stabbed in the neck. She stumbled into a nearby restaurant, where surveillance footage shows her appearing to indicate to her attackers’ location. According to Newsham, customers “did the best they could” to try and save Martinez, who was pronounced dead at the hospital.
A suspect was captured on surveillance footage wearing a “very distinctive” mustard-colored shirt, dark pants and sandals with white socks. Crawford was arrested Wednesday night after being found by police officers at the park.
“We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy," Martinez's family said in a statement. "Wendy Karina Martinez was the light of our lives. Not only was she an avid runner, but she was a devout Christian, a wonderful friend, and a driven professional.
Everything you hope that a daughter and a friend could be. She was also excited to be planning her upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie. They were engaged just last week.”
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