Police arrest suspect in stabbing death of DC jogger

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Wendy Martinez, Jogger Killed in DC, to Be Buried in Dress Bought for Wedding

Police in Washington, D.C., arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him in the fatal stabbing of a woman jogging through the city, the Washington Post reported.

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Anthony Marquell Crawford was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Wendy Martinez, 35, who was attacked shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday while running near her apartment, the newspaper reported.

A friend of Martinez, Kristina Moore, tearfully read a family statement, WTOP reported.

“We are heartbroken,” Moore said. “Wendy should have been shopping for her wedding dress on Friday. There is a hole in our hearts that will never be replaced.”

Martinez's family says she was recently engagedWTOP reported.

Court records show that Crawford has a history of mental illness and has used synthetic drugs that can produce deranged behavior, the Post reported.

Police said Martinez was stabbed six times in the head and neck, and once in the back. The attacker ran, police said, discarding a bloody knife and a mustard-colored shirt as Martinez stumbled into a Chinese carryout restaurant, the newspaper reported.

“It’s unsettling for anyone who lives in this city to see this happen. It’s an isolated incident. I’m sure that doesn’t bring any level of comfort to the Martinez family,” D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference.