Man who allegedly stabbed newly engaged woman who was out jogging at night in Washington D.C. arrested
Wendy Karina Martinez was seen stumbling into a local Chinese restaurant while bleeding profusely after she was stabbed by 23-year-old Anthony Crawford on September 18
The authorities in Washington D.C. have arrested a man who they believe fatally stabbed a 35-year-old jogger several times on the night of September 18. D.C. police chief Peter Newsham identified the alleged killer as 23-year-old Anthony Crawford during a press conference that took place on September 20. Crawford has been charged with first-degree murder while armed. He does not have a lawyer at the moment and is yet to enter a plea deal against the charge.
Wendy Karina Martinez died shortly after she was seen stumbling into a local Chinese restaurant while bleeding profusely. Newsham said that the investigators are trying to find out what the motive for the murder was and said that Crawford is not cooperating with the authorities.
The police chief said at the press conference that the murder was "an isolated incident" and said: "It’s unsettling for anyone who lives in this city to see this happen." PEOPLE reported that the knife that had been used to brutally stab Martinez was found close to the scene of the crime.
9.20.18 - Chief Newsham and Mayor Bowser Provide Update to Homicide Investigation, 1400 Block 11th Street, NW https://t.co/O8xUd06gM2— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 20, 2018
The authorities still maintain that the newly engaged woman had been attacked at random. Newsham told reporters on September 19: "This is one of those types of unsettling incidents that sometimes happens in large cities, but it seems like a singular incident."
Crawford had been caught after investigators examined a surveillance camera nearby and later released the footage of him fleeing from the scene in what looks like a mustard-colored sweatshirt.
Martinez used to serve as the Chief of Staff for FiscalNote, a privately-owned software, data, and media company that has its headquarters in D.C.
Her employer wrote on Twitter: "The entire FiscalNote family is shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Wendy Martinez, our Chief of Staff, was killed last night. Wendy was an invaluable member of our team and a vibrant member of the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy’s family and friends."
In a statement that her family released after her death, they said that she had just gotten engaged last week. They spoke of her as a "devout Christian" and an "avid runner" who was dedicated to her friends and was passionate about pursuing her career. The statement read: "Everything you hope that a daughter and a friend would be. Simply put, Wendy was fearfully and wonderfully made! Now we know she has found the one whom her soul loved. (Song of Solomon 3:4)."