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Man charged in murder of DC jogger from Greenacres

Wendy Martinez, 36, was attacked and stabbed to death while jogging in Washington, D.C. (Family photo)

Police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection to the murder of a jogger in Washington, D.C., who grew up in Greenacres.

The Washington Post first reported the arrest in the killing of Wendy Martinez, according to our sister station WJLA.

The suspect has been identified as Anthony Crawford of Northwest DC.

Crawford is accused of attacking and stabbing 35-year-old Wendy Martinez as she stopped at an intersection in Washington D.C. during a jog Tuesday night.

Authorities said after the attack she made her way to a Chinese carry-out restaurant where people tried to help her.

Police said surveillance video and tips from the community helped authorities identify the suspect. Police picked him up at a park and questioned him late Wednesday night.

Crawford, according to police, does have a criminal past but nothing to indicate a history of violence. He has a home in the area, police said.

Investigators said there is no evidence to suggest Crawford and Martinez knew each other. A motive for the attack is unknown. Police said Crawford is not cooperating with investigators.

A neighbor and former classmate said Martinez graduated from Lake Worth High School in 2001.

Martinez later graduated from Georgetown University. She was recently engaged.

Family and friends held a vigil Thursday night to remember her.

Watch the full vigil below.




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