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Cops Offer $12,000 Reward in Hunt for Man Who Stabbed Woodhaven Teen

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | August 16, 2013 3:09pm
 Cops distribute flyers offering a reward for any information leading to an arrest in the stabbing of Natasha Martinez.
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QUEENS — Cops and auxiliaries from the 102nd Precinct have been distributing fliers in Woodhaven, offering $12,000 for information leading to an arrest in the stabbing of a teenage girl last month.

Natasha Martinez, 17, was just steps from her 85th Street home after working the night-shift at a nearby McDonald's, when a man in a hoodie approached her from behind and stabbed her 11 times on July 29.

She was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, but did not sustain life-threatening wounds.

Cops posted fliers in Woodhaven last week. On Wednesday and Thursday, they distributed posters with a photo of the suspect to pedestrians along Jamaica Avenue, according to Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association.

"After that, they patrolled Jamaica Avenue, so you had a lot officers out there," Wendell said.

Last week, investigators questioned an alleged Latin Kings gang member in the case, but he was cleared. Cops say they identified another suspect who they are searching for.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).