Police have released video relating to the Wendy Martinez stabbing. The 35-year-old was jogging in Washington, DC when she was fatally stabbed. A person of interest can be seen wearing a yellow shirt and dark pants with sandals and socks walking down the street from what appears to be the scene of the crime.
According to FOX5DC, Martinez did not previously know her attacker. Police do not believe that robbery was a motive and they believe it was a random attack. Before dying from her injuries, Martinez was able to get to a Chinese restaurant where customers attempted to help her. The suspect fled the scene and left the knife used in the killing.
Martinez was bleeding from the neck before she collapsed and fell unconscious.
She later died in the hospital from her wounds.
“It is more likely a random act than anything else, but we’re going to look at all possibilities,” Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a press conference.
Martinez was the chief of staff for the software company FiscalNote.
“The entire FiscalNote family is shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Wendy Martinez, our Chief of Staff, was killed last night. Wendy was an invaluable member of our team and a vibrant member of the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy’s family and friends,” the company said in a statement released on social media Wednesday.
Martinez had recently got engaged to her fiancé, according to WPTV. Family provided heart-breaking photos that show her celebrating her engagement one and a half weeks before she was murdered.
“We were planning a wedding, and now we have to plan a funeral,” a family member said.
Help us identify the person responsible for the murder of Wendy Martinez. She was stabbed to death last night in the 1400 block of 11th St, NW.
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— DC Police Department #StayHomeDC (@DCPoliceDept) September 19, 2018
The Metropolitan Police Department are offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. People with information are urged to call police at (202) 727-9099.