Police in Washington, D.C., are searching for a suspect who they said stabbed a woman to death Tuesday night as she jogged.
Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said Wednesday said the fatal attack that claimed Wendy Martinez’s life was likely random. WUSA reported that Martinez was running on P Street and 11th Street when she was stabbed; surveillance from a nearby Chinese restaurant caught the bloodied woman stumbling into the establishment and talking to customers before she collapses.
Outlets have decline to publicize the footage due to its extremely graphic nature. Despite this, police have released video and stills showing a possible person of interest in this case.
FiscalNote, Inc. took to Twitter and identified Martinez, 35, as the company’s chief of staff. Police said she was an avid jogger who was killed near her home.
“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 firm wrote.
WTOP noted that authorities initially indicated that they were searching for three people fleeing from the scene. Now, Newsham said they’re looking for one suspect, explaining that there was some “confusion” at the chaotic scene.
The suspect is described as being a black male who was wearing a mustard-colored, thigh-length sweatshirt and dark, rolled-up sweatpants, white socks, and light sandals. Newsham noted that the suspect had a distinguishing gait, according to WUSA.
Police are offering $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information regarding Tuesday night’s incident can call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.
[Featured image: Wendy Martinez/Facebook]