The suspect accused of fatally stabbing a 35-year-old woman while she was jogging in Washington D.C. reportedly said after his arrest that police were accusing him of stabbing “a little girl.”
Wendy Martinez died after she was attacked while jogging in D.C.’s Logan Circle neighborhood on Tuesday. She reportedly ran to a nearby restaurant for help, with visible neck wounds, before collapsing there, and was later pronounced dead. Martinez had gotten engaged just a week before her murder.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, police have arrested and charged 23-year-old Anthony Crawford with the senseless killing, which authorities have said they believe was a random attack.
According to charging documents obtained by WTOP, police took Crawford into questioning after staking out a park the suspect was known to frequent. Crawford reportedly approached the officers himself, and they noticed a bandage on his right hand. The suspect reportedly claimed that he was injured in a fall down the stairs.
Police ultimately took Crawford in for questioning, but the charging documents show that detectives did not tell him that he was a suspect in Martinez’s stabbing. Nonetheless, Crawford reportedly said during questioning that he knew police believed he had stabbed a “little girl.”
“Detectives never made mention of the circumstances of the homicide for which defendant was being charged. Defendant stated however that the detectives were accusing him of stabbing an individual in the course of the homicide, and in specific a ‘little girl,’” D.C. police officer Alexander Vogel reportedly wrote in the charging document, according to WTOP.
Martinez was a petite woman, only a little over 5 feet tall and weighing barely more than 100 pounds.
A witness who has known Crawford for years reportedly told police that the suspect is “an avid user of the synthetic narcotic K-2.” When shown the surveillance footage of a person believed to be Crawford near the scene of the stabbing, the witness reportedly confirmed that it was Crawford and said he was likely high at the time.
Another witness reportedly told police that they saw the suspect not long before Martinez was stabbed, and felt wary of him. The same witness reportedly saw the suspect and Martinez “physically engaged” shortly after that.
Police also reportedly spoke to a relative of Crawford’s who said that they were the owner of the mustard-colored sweater the suspect is seen wearing in the surveillance video, and said they had seen him wearing the sweater hours before the fatal stabbing.
Authorities appear to believe that Crawford is likely the perpetrator.
“We feel very confident that we have in our custody the person responsible for this murder,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reportedly said at a press conference on Thursday.