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Suspect arrested in fatal stabbing of female jogger

Cheryl Kahla
Sep 21, 2018
07:16 A.M.
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The 23-year-old Andrew Crawford was arrested and charged with first-degree murder for fatally stabbing a woman jogging in D.C.

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Mayor Muriel Bowser thanked the officers for their quick investigation and said in a statement that Crawford was arrested on Wednesday evening.

Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. The 35-year-old Wendy Karina Martinez was attacked on Tuesday evening, less than a mile from the White House.

The neighborhood is described as trendy and her family said she lived two blocks away. She had always felt safe in the area.

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Martinez was stabbed multiple times in her neck, head, face, and back, and went to a nearby Chinese restaurant, Logan Circle, for help.

Patrons at the restaurant tried to assist her, among them a nurse who tried to stop the bleeding with her cardigan sweater.

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Martinez was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after 8 p.m. Her assailant was arrested the following day.

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Police only had grainy surveillance footage to go on, but Crawford left his mustard-colored sweater and knife at the scene of the crime.

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There is no motive for the attack and Washington D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham said it was "more likely a random act than anything else."

The case is still developing and authorities will "look at all possibilities." Martinez worked at FiscalNote, a successful start-up, as Chief of Staff.

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Her friend, Kristina Moore, told reporters that Martinez was engaged to her boyfriend a week ago and "should have been shopping for her wedding dress" on Friday.

In an equally shocking case, 44-year-old Rosa Aminta Maldonado and her 19-year-old daughter Rosa Lee from Lester, Alabama, were both stabbed to death in their home.

Their assailant is allegedly a 15-year-old family member, and the family had just recently moved from Tennessee to Alabama.

A vigil for Rosa Aminta and Rosa Lee will take place at 8 p.m on Friday at the Bullard Park in Albion.

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