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Police release photos of suspect in Woodhaven teen stabbing

By Bianca Fortis

Police have released new photos of a man wanted in the stabbing of a 17-year-old Woodhaven girl.

On July 29, at about 11:25 p.m., Natasha Martinez was walking home from her job at a nearby McDonald’s. As she reached the front door of her home, an unidentified man approached the teen and stabbed her repeatedly in the back and torso.

The girl’s mother, hearing her daughter’s screams, came to the door where she found the girl on the ground covered in blood. The attacker had immediately fled.

Police have released new surveillance photos of the man they believe assaulted Martinez. He is a black male and appears to be wearing a black T-shirt in the photos.

Police earlier had released photos of a suspect, a man in a light-colored hooded sweatshirt.

Law enforcement officials Monday had questioned a suspected member of the Latin Kings gang about his possible involvement in the crime, according to a New York Post report. He was later released and no charges were filed.

Martinez was listed in stable condition at Jamaica Hospital, police said.

Reach reporter Bianca Fortis by email at bfortis@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4546.

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