Suspect arrested in stabbing death of DC jogger
The 23-year-old Anthony Crawford is charged with first-degree murder while armed in connection with the stabbing death of 35-year-old Wendy K. Martinez; Gillian Turner reports.
The man who was charged in the fatal stabbing of a jogger in Washington, D. C., was an “avid user” of the synthetic drug K2, and may have been during the attack, a report said.
Anthony Crawford, 23, was Thursday arrested for alleged stabbing Wendy Martinez multiple times while they are jogging in the Logan Circle neighborhood Tuesday night. The police said Crawford’s “very pronounced” mustard-colored shirt helped to quickly identify him and led to his arrest.
A witness told police that Crawford, who was charged with first degree murder, was an ” avid user of the synthetic drug K2,” court documents obtained by WTOP mentioned. The witness had known Crawford for four years and saw the suspect wearing the mustard-colored shirt earlier in the day prior to the stabbing.
Wendy K. Martinez, 35, was stabbed to death in Logan Circle on Tuesday night. The police gave a picture of the suspect.
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“Yes, that is him walking and he is probably too high,” the witness told the police, adding that Crawford was known at “Fatz Gleezy.”
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Two other witnesses also provided statements on Crawford. A witness, who is identified as a member of the family, said Crawford was wearing the mustard-colored shirt that had belonged to the witness. The person also remembered seeing bandages on Crawford’s hand later Tuesday.
The authorities found Crawford just after 8 a.m., Wednesday, in a park, he was often seen at, WTOP reported. Crawford’s right hand had bandages, as the witness described. He was taken to the homicide branch to shout and to cry, according to the court documents.
“Detectives never made mention of the circumstances of the murder for which defendant was charged. Defendant stated, however, that the detectives were accusing him of the stabbing of an individual in the course of the murder, and in a specific ‘girl,'” D. C. police officer Alexander Vogel said in charging documents.
“It should be noted that the decedent was a petite woman, standing just a (sic) 5’1″ and a weight of only 106 pounds),” the report added.
Martinez was stabbed seven times, including in her neck and head, at around 8 a.m. Tuesday for stumble in a nearby takeout restaurant, where surveillance video showed the woman will appear to warn you, baffled customers to her attacker’s location.
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The surveillance video of the takeout restaurant appeared shocked customers attempting to save Martinez’s life.
Martinez was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
“Control on the video is really the key to closing this case,” D. C. police chief Peter Newsham said on Thursday.
Detectives said that the attacks are random, and that Martinez did not know Crawford. The incident was not a robbery attempt and the motive is still unclear, the police added.
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The 35-year-old got engaged to her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie just a week before her death, FOX5DC reported.
“She was a happy person, especially the last seven days of her life after she received that engagement ring,” Martinez’s mother, Cora Martinez, said that during a wake. “Be of good courage. My daughter fought to the last breath.”
Cora Martinez said that she forgive her daughter’s killer.
“I want to say that I am forgiven,” the grieving mother said. “My heart is broken in thousand pieces, but I forgive the man because I know it was not of him. It was someone else. The evil was in the eyes.”
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