Woodhaven Stabbing May Have Been Gang-Related, Cops Say

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on August 2, 2013 4:48pm 

 Natasha Martinez, 17, was ambushed and stabbed while walking home after working a shift at McDonald's Monday night.
Natasha Martinez, 17, was ambushed and stabbed while walking home after working a shift at McDonald's Monday night.
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QUEENS — The stabbing of a teenage girl who was slashed 11 times steps from her Woodhaven home earlier this week may have been gang-related, police said Friday.

Cops had originally said that Natasha Martinez, 17, who was knifed on the doorstep of her home about 11:30 p.m. Monday, appeared to be the victim of a random attack.

Police wouldn't elaborate on what they meant by gang-related, but the Daily News said that Martinez may have had a spat with a gang member.

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday that the hoodie-wearing man who attacked Martinez may have also been responsible for another unprovoked Queens stabbing that critically injured a 36-year old home health aid from Queens Village in June.

It was not clear if there was a connection between the crimes.

Martinez, who was returning home after working a shift at McDonald's, survived and was taken to Jamaica Hospital.

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