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.
A suspect was arrested in the seemingly “unprovoked” stabbing death of a female jogger, the murder on Tuesday evening in a very safe neighborhood” stunned Washington, D. C. residents, officials announced Thursday.
D. C. police chief Peter Newsham said Anthony Crawford, 23, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed in connection with the stabbing death of Wendy K. Martinez.
“It looks like it was an unprovoked attack,” Newsham told reporters.
Crawford was arrested Wednesday night after he was found in a park by officers, who then took him for interrogation. Crawford, who has a criminal history, “no cooperation” with the investigators, the chief added.
Wendy K. Martinez, 35, was stabbed to death in Logan Circle on Tuesday night. The police gave a picture of the suspect Wednesday.
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The 35-year-old Martinez was jogging in Logan Circle at around 8 a.m. Tuesday when an assailant stabbed her in the neck.
“This happened very quickly,” Newsham said Thursday.
After being stabbed, Martinez stumbled away and into a nearby takeout restaurant, where surveillance video showed the woman appear to alert customers to her attacker’s location.
A number of these in the restaurant ran out to track down the culprit while others tried to help Martinez, who was later pronounced dead at a hospital, FOX5DC reported.
Crawford reportedly left the knife used in the robbery at the scene, where it was recovered by the researchers.
JOGGER STABBED TO DEATH IN WASHINGTON, DC, FALLS TAKEOUT RESTAURANT AS THE ATTACKER ON THE RUN, POLICE SAY
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The surveillance video of the takeout restaurant appeared shocked customers attempting to save Martinez’s life.
Newsham said Wednesday said that customers in the restaurant “had the best of the best” to save Martinez’s life.
A fuzzy surveillance video was released Wednesday showing the person believed to be Martinez the attacker. The suspect was last seen wearing a mustard-colored shirt, dark colored pants and sandals with white socks.
That “very clear shirt,” according to Newsham, was what helped officers identify Crawford and led to his arrest. The chief said Thursday that Crawford was the life in the north-West of D. C., and is not homeless.
“Control on the video is really the key to closing this case,” he said.
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.
Martinez’ death came just a week after she announced that she was busy with her family said in a statement to local news media.
“We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy,” Martinez’s family said. “Wendy Karina Martinez was the light of our lives. Not only was she an avid runner, but she was a devout Christian, a good friend, and a driven professional. Everything you hope a daughter and a friend could be. She was also excited about the plans for her upcoming marriage to her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie. They were busy last week.”
Friends of Martinez made the statement on Thursday during a press conference for the announcement of the arrest of Crawford.
“Wendy must be shopping for her wedding dress on Friday,” a friend said.
Martinez, the chief of staff at FiscalNote, was described as an avid jogger, who lived in the neighbourhood of Logan Circle, a popular D. C. near Newsham described as “very safe”. Martinez said in a recent interview with thebridgework.com that she liked to relax from the work by running around the city or working at her favorite local studio.
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