WASHINGTON — Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing. More details are expected to be released in a press conference, Thursday morning, according to the Washington Post,

Police say an avid runner who was killed in a residential neighborhood in the nation’s capital was likely a random target. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the stabbing of 35-year-old Wendy Karina Martinez was likely random and her family lamented the “senseless tragedy.”

Police say the Georgetown alumnae was stabbed multiple times Tuesday night and managed to stumble into a nearby restaurant for help. The restaurant’s manager, Tommy Wu, showed CBS News correspondent Chip Reid surveillance video of the incident, which appears to show an injured Martinez collapsing as patrons rush to her aid.

The restaurant’s manager, Tommy Wu, showed CBS News correspondent Chip Reid surveillance video of the incident. CBS NEWS

Police are searching for one assailant who fled the area southbound on 11th Street.

Police: Woman Stabbed While Running Was Likely Random Target

Newsham said a nurse in close proximity attempted life-saving efforts before emergency crews arrived, reported CBS affiliate WUSA-TV. Martinez was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries.

On Wednesday night, Martinez’s family released the following statement:

“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.”

FiscalNote, Inc. tweeted Wednesday that Martinez was the technology company’s chief of staff. Martinez’s family released a statement Wednesday asking for privacy to mourn Martinez, who had gotten engaged last week.

Martinez was an avid runner known to run several miles across the city. She lived close to where the stabbing happened, Newsham said.


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