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Man arrested in murder of runner Wendy Martinez in Logan Circle

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WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Authorities announced Thursday that they arrested a suspect in the murder of the woman who was stabbed while jogging in D.C.

Wendy Martinez, 35, was jogging through her Northwest Washington neighborhood in Logan Circle when she was fatally stabbed on Tuesday night. It happened around 8 p.m. in the 1400 block of 11th Street, NW.

D.C. Police have identified the suspect arrested as 23-year-old Anthony Crawford of Northwest D.C. Police say Crawford was arrested Thursday after he was caught on video.

D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham, Mayor Muriel Bowser and other city officials held a press conference Thursday where they gave more information on the stabbing and arrest. Police say Crawford is charged with first-degree murder while armed.

Neighbors say she was stopped at the corner of 11th Street and P Street, waiting to cross the intersection, when she was attacked.

Martinez, a Georgetown University graduate, worked as the chief of staff at D.C.-based software, data, and media company FiscalNote. She was recently engaged, her family says.

“We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy. Wendy Karina Martinez was the light of our lives. Not only was she an avid runner, but she was a devout Christian, a wonderful friend, and a driven professional. Everything you hope that a daughter and a friend could be. She was also excited to be planning her upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie. They were engaged just last week,” said her mother, Cora Martinez, in a statement.

On Wednesday night, members of DC’s running community said the tragedy had left them both heartbroken and fearful.

“First my thoughts went to her family, my thoughts and prayers. DC is such a running city, whether you’re running at two p.m. or six p.m. or six a.m. So it’s sad that we’re having to be hit with that reality that the world isn’t always safe,” said runner Courtney Littlejohn. “So she’s definitely going to be with us and in our hearts and the miles we run will be dedicated to her.”

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