Arrest made in stabbing death of DC jogger
The 35-year-old woman killed in the Logan Circle neighborhood.
A suspect was reportedly arrested Thursday morning in the apparently random stabbing death of a female jogger, including the Tuesday night killing in a very safe neighborhood” stunned Washington, D. C. residents.
Police sources told FOX5DC a person was taken into custody in connection with the murder of Wendy K. Martinez. D. C. police have scheduled a 10:30 press conference on an update in the case, officials told Fox News.
The 35-year-old woman was jogging in Logan Circle at around 8 a.m. Tuesday when an assailant stabbed her in the neck. She stumbled away from the person and in a nearby takeout restaurant, where surveillance video showed Martinez appear to alert customers to her attacker’s location.
Wendy K. Martinez, 35, was stabbed to death in Logan Circle on Tuesday night. The police gave a picture of the suspect Wednesday.
(D. C. Police)
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.
The police do not believe Martinez knew her attacker. The person who allegedly had 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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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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