Jogger stabbed to death in ‘unprovoked attack’

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2018

Police have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a runner to death while she was near her apartment in the nation's capital.

Martinez, 35, was out for a run in the 1400 block of 11th Street Northwest when she was stabbed multiple times around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18.

Surveillance video from the restaurant showed Martinez appearing to warn customers about the nearby attacker.

Newsham says bystanders called 911 and Martinez was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries.

Chief Newsham said the suspect was last seen wearing a long-sleeve mustard-coloured shirt, dark-coloured tracksuit, white socks and light-coloured sandals.

Wendy Martinez was reportedly stabbed her seven times in the head, in the neck and in the back by a 23 year old male, who has not explained his gesture.

Police said the attack on Martinez was likely random and a "singular incident", with Chief Newsham describing it as "very disturbing".

The 35-year-old Martinez had just gotten engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Danny Hincapie, last week and was looking forward to planning her wedding, her mother, Cora Martinez, said.

Martinez grew up in Greenacres, Florida, and those who knew her said she enjoyed jogging, was recently engaged and worked at an internet start-up where she was recently promoted. "To have something like that happening, it's unsettling", Newsham said. She says that because of her Christian faith and the outpouring of support from the community, she feels no hatred for Wendy's killer.

Cora Martinez, the victim's mother, said that her daughter's death came after the happiest days of her life. She was engaged to be married last week.

Martinez was an avid runner known to run several miles across the city.

Authorities said additional details about the homicide would be released at a news conference later Thursday morning.

A knife used in the attack was later recovered near the scene, Chief Newsham said. She added the seemingly random attack is "damaging" to D.C. residents' sense of safety.

The Metropolitan Police Department now offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Surveillance video captured Martinez jogging through the neighborhood before she was attacked.

"Wendy was an invaluable member of our team and a vibrant member of the community", the company said in a statement.

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