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Arrest Made In Stabbing Death Of D.C. Runner

Posted at 10:45 AM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 10:45:47-04

(NBC Washington)– An arrest has been made in the stabbing death of a 35-year-old woman who was attacked as she jogged through an upscale D.C. neighborhood.

Wendy Martinez was out for a run on 11th Street NW when she was stabbed multiple times just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect, who has not been identified, was arrested Wednesday night, sources tell News4.

After the stabbing, Martinez staggered into a nearby carryout restaurant. She collapsed a short time later.

The manager of the restaurant said he heard someone scream and saw Martinez covered in blood.

Strangers rushed to the woman’s side to help her, and the manager called 911. Martinez died of her injuries a short time later.

Police released surveillance video Wednesday afternoon showing the suspect walking along 11th Street NW. Footage from another camera shows him walking with a knife in his hand.

The knife used in the stabbing was found nearby.

D.C. police chief Peter Newsham said police do not have a motive yet, but the “unsettling” attack was likely random.

Police initially said they were looking for as many as three men in connection to the stabbing, but at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Newsham said investigators believe she was attacked by a single man.