Newly Engaged SoFla Native Stabbed To Death In D.C.

Authorities say a South Florida woman was stabbed to death while jogging in a Washington D.C. neighborhood.

Wendy Martinez, 35, was the victim of a random attack, according to police.

Family members say the newly-engaged Martinez grew up in Palm Beach County and moved up to Washington D.C. for college.

Martinez went for a jog Tuesday evening, as she’d done countless times before, but never came back home.

Police said Martinez lived near where the attack happened.

Surveillance video shows Martinez jogging, and while being apparently cautious, she glances back at a man she passed on the street.

Seconds later, she’s seen running into a Chinese carry-out restaurant after being stabbed by a man she encountered around the corner.

“We believe a single assailant stabbed her,” said Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham. “The stab wounds were very serious in nature; very significant in nature.”

Martinez was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed to her injuries upon arrival.

Police canvassed the neighborhood Wednesday as they continue to search for the killer.

On Thursday, they made an arrest in the case.

Police have identified the suspect as 23-year-old Anthony Crawford. 

Authorities say they have no reason to believe Crawford and Martinez knew each other. 

An investigation continues.


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