Metropolitan Police on Thursday arrested 23-year-old Anthony Crawford as a suspect in they what described as an "unexplained, brutal attack" killing Wendy Martinez in the city's Logan Circle neighborhood Tuesday night. Crawford has been charged with first-degree murder, police said. He was ordered to remain under juvenile supervision until he turned 21, but was let go at one point when he was 20 and vanished from the group home for a month, the Post reported, citing court documents.
Police say evidence collected several blocks away from the stabbing included a knife covered in "fresh blood", a mustard colored sweatshirt with possible blood on it and a blood trail that was observed leaving the scene.
Newsham said patrol officers who were familiar with the community, with the help of citizen tips, identified the person of interest pictured in the video.
Newsham had high praise for the people who tried to save her life.
Martinez's stab wounds were very serious, and she made her way into a nearby Chinese restaurant after the attack.
Now, instead of a wedding, her fiancé and her family are planning a funeral. Police don't believe it was a robbery or that the suspect knew Martinez.
Authorities are desperately searching for the suspected attacker, last seen in blurry CCTV footage wearing a mustard-coloured shirt, dark-coloured trousers and sandals with white socks.
"I'm a runner and also love H.I.I.T workouts", she writes.
Customers attempted to save Martinez's life, but she died later at a local hospital from the stab wounds to her neck.
Martinez served as Chief of Staff of FiscalNote, a privately held software, data and media company headquartered in D.C.
Martinez, her family's statement explains, was "everything you hope that a daughter and a friend could be". She lived close to where the stabbing happened, Newsham said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy's family and friends".
Tragically, the 35-year-old had just gotten engaged.
The Metropolitan Police Department now offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. "This is a woman who should have been going to work today".