Jogger stabbed to death in Washington, DC, falls takeout restaurant as the attacker on the run, police say

Wendy K. Martinez, 35, was stabbed to death in Logan Circle Tuesday night. Police are looking for the suspect, right.

(D. C. Police)

Police were hunting Wednesday for the mysterious man who fatally a female jogger in a seemingly random attack on Washington, D. C., street Tuesday night.

After she was attacked at around 8 a.m. in the Logan Circle neighborhood, the woman, the 35-year-old Wendy K. Martinez, stumbled into a takeout restaurant, where customers tried to save her life, police said.

The police said Martinez lived in Logan Circle and was an avid jogger.


In surveillance video, Martinez appeared to alert customers to her attacker. Some people ran out to look for the assailant, while others helped the jogger, FOX5DC reported. The police do not believe Martinez previously knew her attacker.

She died later in a hospital. The knife used in the assault was found at the scene.

“It is probably more a random act than anything else, but we are going to look at all possibilities,” police chief Peter Newsham said Wednesday during a press conference, adding patrons in the restaurant “had the best of the best” to save Martinez’s life.

Help us identify the person responsible for the murder of Wendy Martinez. She was stabbed to death last night in the 1400 block of 11th St, NW.

Click the link for more information and video.

Have Info? Call 202-727-9099/Text 50411

— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 19, 2018

“It’s terrible to see something like this happen in the city,” he said.

Authorities are desperately searching for the alleged offender, last seen in blurry surveillance video with a mustard-colored shirt, dark colored pants and sandals with white socks. He fled the scene heading southbound on 11th Street, police said.

Newsham said Martinez lived in the neighborhood of Logan Square, which he described as a “very safe neighborhood.” Martinez was an avid runner and is known to run for miles around the city. She worked as head of personnel for the software company FiscalNote.

“The whole of the FiscalNote family is shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Wendy Martinez, our Chief of Staff, was murdered last night. Wendy is a valuable member of our team and an active member of the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy’s family and friends,” the company said in a statement Wednesday.

The police are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. People with information are asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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