Arrest Made in ‘Random’ Stabbing Death of DC Jogger Wendy Karina Martinez

In this image provided by the Martinez family, a photo of Wendy Karina Martinez. Police say Martinez, an avid runner who was killed in a residential neighborhood in the nation’s capital after recently getting engaged, was likely a random target. Police say on Sept. 20, that a suspect has been arrested in the Tuesday stabbing death of Martinez near Logan Circle in Washington. (Martinez family via AP)

A suspect has been arrested in the fatal attack of a woman who was stabbed multiple times while jogging in a trendy neighborhood in the nation’s capital just a few miles from the White House.

Wendy Karina Martinez was stabbed multiple times in an attack Washington D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham described as “random.” Newsham told reporters Thursday that police had arrested 23-year-old Anthony Crawford.

Mayor Murial Bowser added that the attack had “outraged” the community.

“This is a woman who should be going to work today,” said Bowser, standing in front of the Chinese restaurant where Martinez sought help after being stabbed.

Martinez, 35, stumbled into the Chinese restaurant in Washington D.C.’s Logan Circle around 8 p.m. Tuesday, suffering from multiple stab wounds to the neck, police said. Martinez tried to alert customers to her attacker but the suspect had already fled the scene, witnesses said.

She was transported to a nearby hospital where she died, police said.

Chief Newsham said a surveillance camera showed the suspect running from the area of the attack at P Street and 11th Street Northwest. He said the video footage and tips from the community led to Crawford’s arrest late Wednesday night.

He said police found Crawford in a park at 14th Street and Girard Street Northwest and was taken into custody for questioning. He was charged with first-degree murder early Thursday morning, the chief said. He said Crawford had an injury to his hand when officers detained him and that he was treated at a hospital.

He said Crawford is a resident of Washington, D.C.

“They tried to provide medical assistance to her. Unfortunately, she was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead,” Newsham said Wednesday. “It is more likely a random act than anything else but we’re going to look at all possibilities.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, Karma Allen, Jack Date and Bill Hutchinson