Who Was Wendy Martinez? Recently Engaged D.C. Woman Stabbed to Death in 'Unprovoked Attack'

Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a Washington woman who was attacked while jogging in an apparently random attack.

Wendy Martinez, 35, was stabbed while running through the 1400 block of 11th Street on the evening of September 18.

Video footage obtained by Fox 5 shows Martinez running into a nearby Chinese restaurant bleeding heavily from a laceration wound to the neck following the attack, pleading for help.

Martinez, who only recently got engaged, was then taken to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Following a search for the suspect, D.C. Police have now arrested 23-year-old Anthony Crawford on suspicion of first-degree murder while armed.

"We do not have any information to suggest that Wendy knew or had any association with the suspect in this case," Metro Police Chief Peter Newsham told reporters at a press conference. "We also do not have any information to suggest it was a robbery, so the motive in this case right now is unknown.

"We were able to talk to multiple witnesses and we don't have anything to suggest that there was any type of confrontation between the two," Newsham added. "It looks like it was an unprovoked attack."

Police added that Crawford does not have a history of violent criminal offenses.

Following her death, Martinez's family confirmed the 35-year-old's recent engagement to her partner Daniel Hincapie, adding they are "deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy."

"Wendy Karina Martinez was the light of our lives," her mother, Cora Martinez, wrote in a statement, reports ABC 7.

"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.

"They were engaged just last week. We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve the passing of her beautiful soul and inform her friends and family of this terrible news."

Martinez's employers, Washington-based technology and management company FiscalNote, also paid tribute.

"The entire FiscalNote family is shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Wendy Martinez, our Chief of Staff, was killed last night," the company wrote on Twitter. "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."

Prior to working at FiscalNote, Martinez studied at Georgetown University, where she graduated with a Master's degree in Latin American studies and conflict resolution.