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Cops release new photos of suspect in Woodhaven teen stabbing


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police have released photos of a person wanted for questioning in the brutal stabbing of a Woodhaven teen last week.

The pictures, circulated on Tuesday, are the latest actions taken by police to catch the suspect, who violently stabbed Natasha Martinez, 17, nearly a dozen times while she was returning home from work on Monday, July 29 at approximately 11:30 p.m.

The perpetrator stabbed Martinez in her back and torso, cops said, and she was rushed to Jamaica Hospital. Martinez is still in the hospital in stable condition, according to authorities.

Residents around the area are frightened about the incident and hope the suspect is caught soon.

“For 22 years I’ve been living here and this is the first time I’ve been scared,” said Niki Rampaul.
Rampaul also said she takes the same route home from work that Martinez took.

A black male with a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans is seen in the new pictures released. In early reports witnesses described the attacker as approximately 5’6” tall and 150 pounds.

On Monday police said they had a man in custody and were questioning him about the crime. That person was later released and no charges were filed.

Cops also released a video of a man believed to have a connection with the stabbing. Additionally, signs have been posted around the neighborhood, detailing a $12,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said the crime may be connected to another stabbing a few neighborhoods away.

“We’re seeing if there is a pattern here,” Kelly said last week, referring to Kerline Denizard, 36, who was seriously wounded when a vicious attacker cut her neck and torso with a knife in Queens Village in June. Like Martinez, Denizard survived the attack.

Neighbors who have lived in Woodhaven for more than a decade said they have seen a decline in community.

“You just see different type of people,” said resident Linda Sanchez. “They don’t care about where they live.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Suspect in custody in Woodhaven teen stabbing


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Police have a suspect in custody in connection with a Woodhaven stabbing

Police have a suspect in custody in connection with the stabbing of a teenager in Woodhaven.

Natasha Martinez, 17, was returning home after work on July 29 at approximately 11:30 p.m. when she was stabbed from behind nearly a dozen times in the back and torso, cops said. Martinez was rushed to Jamaica Hospital.

Police are questioning the suspect and as of Monday afternoon charges are pending.

Martinez is still in critical condition at the hospital.

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Police looking into possible link between Woodhaven stabbing of teen and earlier attack


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The NYPD is looking into a possible connection between stabbings in south Queens, after two women were slashed within a month.

“We’re seeing if there is a pattern here,” said NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, according to reports.

Natasha Martinez, 17, was attacked and stabbed from behind nearly a dozen times when she was returning to her Woodhaven home from work on July 29. Kerline Denizard, 36, was seriously wounded when a vicious attacker cut her neck and torso with a knife in Queens Village on June 25, according to police. Both women survived the attacks.

No suspects have been identified or arrests made in either case.

The suspects in both attacks were described as a black male.

A witness described Martinez’s perpetrator as a black male, approximately five feet six inches tall and 150 pounds, wearing a white hoodie and dark jeans. The NYPD released a video showing the suspect that stabbed Martinez.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Woman stabbed in Woodhaven


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Natasha Martinez, 17, was returning to her Woodhaven home after work when she was attacked and stabbed from behind.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday as Martinez was walking along 85th Street when police said she was stabbed in the back and torso. There are currently no suspects or arrests, the NYPD said.

A witness described the perpetrator as a black male, approximately five feet six inches tall and 150 pounds, wearing a white t-shirt and dark jeans.

Martinez was taken to Jamaica Hospital and was in stable condition as of press time, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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