Wendy Martinez: Police believe stabbing may have been racially motivated

Police believe the brutal stabbing of a Washington D.C. jogger may have been racially motivated.

Anthony Crawford, 23, was arrested Thursday in connection with the murder of 35-year-old Wendy Martinez. He’s been charged with first-degree murder.

Investigators mentioned that Martinez's murder might have been “racially motivated” because Crawford “does not like white people,” according to WUSA9.

Police said the attack was “unprovoked,” and did not appear to be a robbery. Crawford did not cooperate with police, authorities said.

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In this image provided by the Martinez family, a photo of Wendy Karina Martinez. Police say Martinez, an avid runner who was killed in a residential neighborhood in the nation's capital after recently getting engaged, was likely a random target. Police say on Sept. 20, that a suspect has been arrested in the Tuesday stabbing death of Martinez near Logan Circle in Washington. (Martinez family via AP)
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Video footage captured Martinez, who was newly-engaged, stumbling into a Chinese take-out restaurant on Tuesday, covered in blood. She then collapsed.

Police said she’d been stabbed 7 times, including in the neck, face and head.

A bloody knife and blood-covered t-shirt were discovered several blocks away from the stabbing, police said.

Authorities also released footage of the suspect fleeing the scene.

"This is one of those types of unsettling incidents that sometimes happens in a large city, but this seems like a singular incident," Chief of Police Peter Newsham said during a press conference.


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