Arrest made in 'unprovoked' fatal stabbing of DC jogger

Frederick Owens
September 22, 2018

Crawford, 23, has been charged with first-degree murder while armed in the death of Martinez, authorities announced on September 20, 2018.

Newsham says it's likely the attack was random.

Police said Crawford is not homeless, has been uncooperative with them, and Martinez was not robbed. Police will continue to comb through his background.

Martinez, 35, was out for a run in the 1400 block of 11th Street Northwest when she was stabbed multiple times around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18.

It was a picture-perfect night to be outdoors, with temperatures in the 70s and clear skies. Police say they responded to a report of the stabbing at about 7:56 around the...

Security footage also shows Martinez staggering into a Chinese take-out restaurant after the attack occurred and collapsing. Surveillance video shows her passing and glancing back at a man on the street.

"She was a happy person, especially the last seven days of her life after she received that engagement ring", said Cora Martinez. Good Samaritans attempted to help and revive Martinez, but she later died at the hospital.

The suspect was last seen wearing a mustard-colored shirt, dark-colored trousers and sandals with white socks. You can see a picture and a video of him below.

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A knife was recovered near the crime scene, but Police Chief Peter Newsham, who was among the first to respond to the scene Tuesday night, declined to describe the weapon believed to have been used in the attack.

The mother and daughter went wedding dress shopping just last week. She was an avid runner and was known to run for kilometres around the city.

The 35-year-old Martinez had just gotten engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Danny Hincapie, last week and was looking forward to planning her wedding, her mother, Cora Martinez, said.

The family of Wendy Martinez -who had just become engaged - just hope now that justice will act quickly and that the murderer of the young woman will be severely punished.

Chief Newsham said it appears this was an isolated attack in an otherwise safe area.

"I think that this is very unsettling for anyone who lives in this city", Newsham said.

He said Martinez was also an avid runner and that they met while competing in a half-marathon. Chief Newsham said the public and neighborhood residents assisted in finding a suspect to match the description.

Police had offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. The hotline number to call is 202-727-9099.

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