Police Investigating Whether Jogger's Brutal Murder Was A Hate Crime

Police are investigating whether the brutal stabbing of DC jogger Wendy Martinez was a hate crime.

Washington, DC – Police are investigating whether the brutal stabbing murder of a jogger in the nation’s capital was racially motivated.

Wendy Martinez, 35, was jogging in her neighborhood just before 8 p.m. on Sept. 18 when she was attacked by a man with a knife, WUSA reported.

The five-foot-one-inch, 106-pound woman was stabbed seven times, including in her neck and head.

Martinez staggered into a nearby restaurant after she was stabbed, and was able to point out her attacker’s location to bystanders.

The people in the restaurant, including a nurse, tried to help the bleeding woman, but she later died from her injuries, WTOP reported.

Police arrested 23-year-old Anthony Crawford for Martinez’s murder on Sept. 19. He did not cooperate with investigators.

Detectives found a knife covered in "fresh blood," a mustard-colored sweatshirt with possible blood on it, and a blood trail from the scene, WUSA reported.

The same uniquely-colored sweatshirt could be seen in neighborhood surveillance videos, and helped detectives locate Crawford, police said.

"Surveillance video was really the key to closing this case," Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham, according to FOX News.

Chief Newsham has said investigators don’t have a motive for the murder.

But a police source told WUSA that detectives were investigating whether the attack on Martinez was a “racially motivated” hate crime because Crawford “does not like white people.”

Court records said Crawford had mental problems. He exhibited paranoia and agitation, and was quick to become aggressive, WUSA reported.

A witness told police that the suspect was an avid user of the synthetic drug K2, and that he was known by the street name “Fat Gleezy,” FOX News reported.

A family member told police Crawford had been wearing the mustard-colored sweatshirt on the day of the stabbing, and said they recalled seeing bandages on his hands after Martinez’s murder.

When detectives were canvassing a park at the corner of 14th and Girard Streets that Crawford was known to frequent, he approached the officers who then arrested him, WTOP reported.

He was yelling and crying as officers took him into the police department’s homicide unit. Then he waived his Miranda rights and agreed to be interviewed by the officers, according to WTOP.

“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,'” according to charging documents signed by DC Police Officer Alexander Vogel.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser told WTOP that authorities were confident they had the person responsible in custody.

“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,” Chief Newsham said.

Martinez’s family said the murdered young woman had just gotten engaged and bought her wedding gown.

“We are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy. Wendy Karina Martinez was the light of our lives,” the family wrote. “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.”

The family said they now plan to bury Martinez in the dress she would have been married in.

Comments (20)
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Mrs10
Mrs10

What a terrible loss for her fiance and family. We live in a sad world. People are so broken.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Our society is slowly sliding into the sewer. Drugs, lack of mental health care, moral decline, fractured families.....the list of issues affecting society goes on and on. I feel sorry for this young woman’s family and fiancé. The first time he will see her in her wedding dress is the last time he will ever see her. Prayers for the family to find healing.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Charge him. That way its another way to add to the sentence when some Johhny Cockring lawyer gets him off the main charges.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

But a police source told WUSA that detectives were investigating whether the attack on Martinez was a “racially motivated” hate crime because Crawford “does not like white people.”"He was yelling and crying as officers took him into the police department’s homicide unit."

Yes, investigate as a hate crime to dig for substantiating evidence . Just wait until he sees a jail cell. He'll be screaming his sick lowlife head off.

Grinch8541
Grinch8541

It’s funny you don’t see anything about this in the news!

angeleyes
angeleyes

RIP. so sorry for your loss to your friends and other loved ones. Sounds as if the perpetrator, if it was this one, was mentally ill whether because of drugs and or born that way.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Barely the tip of the iceberg of black on white racially motivated violence. Thousands and thousands of whites have been brutally beaten, murdered and hate-raped in the USA since the 1960s. It has happened in carjackings home invasions, in schools, on public streets, in public transportation, and in the workplace. All while our Corrupt "Liberal" media turns a blind eye and refuses to connect the dots to protect the "Liberal" Narrative that only whites can be racist.

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

IT IS A HATE CRIME, ANY TIME A WHITE KILLS A BLACK IT IS LABELED AS A HATE CRIME SO IF HE DID NOT LIKE WHITE PEOPLE AND HE KILLED THIS WHITE WOMAN THEN HELL YES IT IS A HATE CRIME. PUT A BULLET BETWEEN HIS EYES.

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

This sack of shit is the epitome of the n word!

Marxest
Marxest

That was truly a heinous crime. My sympathies to the family of the victim. As for the alleged 'hate crime', there has to be more concrete proof to show that it was a hate crime. You just can't assume a crime with a white victim/black perp, white perp/black victim is automatically a hate crime. We have to ask questions. Did Mr. Crawford post hateful content on social media? Was Mr Crawford a member of any radical hate groups? Criminals who commit hate crimes (such as white supremacist and multiple murderer Dylan Roof) fit that description. Let's keep our heads together and find out the facts.

negolien
negolien

BLM right?

negolien
negolien

Hum find the facts convenient that NOW you want to wait for the facts LOL.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I fail to see how this was racially motivated.

Propolice
Propolice

So sad for the family. This sounds like a drug addled piece of excrement had himself some fun. Not sure race had anything to do with it. Hope he gets the death penalty or shanked in prison.

pixiepup
pixiepup

Very sad. Prayers to the family and friends. What does a hate crime have to do with this brutal killing. Would he get a different sentece if it was a hate crime??? Should be the same punishment no matter what which should be death!

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Lets see if it was racially motivated. He hates white people sees white girl , stabs and kills her . I can’t tell. Duh