A woman was stabbed to death in Washington, D.C., late Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Logan Circle neighborhood.
Police officers said the woman was jogging just before 8 p.m. when she was attacked at 11th and O streets in Northwest D.C.
Detectives released footage from a carry-out restaurant near the scene, Asian American Chinese & American Food, that showed the woman stumbling inside after she was stabbed. She died from her injuries in the hospital.
HELP CATCH THIS SUSPECT: DC police say this is the man who stabbed a 35-year-old woman to death while she was out for a jog near Logan Circle. RT this to spread the word and help police catch this suspect. MORE: https://t.co/qY3EfKKgYv pic.twitter.com/jgLWZoxlM5
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) September 19, 2018
Wendy Karina Martinez was 35 years old according to Fox 5.
The manager of the restaurant heard a scream and saw the woman, who was covered in blood.
“I scared. I don’t know what happened, and I just try to call police,” the manager told NBC. Customers rushed over and tried to help her but to no avail.
Alert: Stabbing at 1956 hrs in the 1400 block of 11th Street,NW. Lookout for three B/M's. (1) wearing All black clothing. (2) wearing white hat, white shirt, and black pants. (3) wearing mustard colored shirt. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 pic.twitter.com/5JSuz1OLu8
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 19, 2018
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) September 19, 2018
At least three suspects are being sought by police, including one wearing all black clothing and one wearing a white T-Shirt, white hat, and black pants.
Few violent crimes happen in the Logan Circle neighborhood.
“You have an incident like this—it’s very scary. We haven’t gotten to the bottom to see if this is someone that she knew or exactly what the motive is, but it’s disturbing,” D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said, reported NBC.
Newsham told the Washington Post that there are a lot of cooperative witnesses helping the police. Preliminary evidence indicates that there’s one suspect.
Police are also combing through video surveillance from businesses and homes in the area.
Three men are wanted in connection to a fatal stabbing in Logan Circle. Police say the victim was young woman out jogging. A passerby dropped off these flowers at the corner where the victim was attacked. We’ll have a live report on News4 Midday at 11a https://t.co/bKV4RnA188 pic.twitter.com/rD1v15Om3g
— Justin Finch (@JustinNBC4) September 19, 2018
A woman who lives nearby just walked up and set these flowers against the restaurant where the stabbing happened. She told me, “she didn’t deserve this, this could’ve been any woman, this could’ve been me.” pic.twitter.com/Xk5ZE2g7Zh
— Drew Wilder (@DrewWilderTV) September 19, 2018
Area Typically Safe
Joggers in the area said that it’s typically safe.
“As a runner, it’s pretty terrifying. You’d think running on lit streets, you would be safe, but that’s mind-boggling,” one woman told NBC.
Another told the Post that the street the woman was stabbed on is part of her so-called safe route, and also noted that she usually runs with a knife.
A man who lives across the street from the restaurant, 47-year-old Mark Glave, said it’s unusual for the area and believes the stabbing was a random attack.
“I don’t see any advantage to walking around terrified,” he said.