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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- California authorities are investigating the possibility of at least a dozen more victims who may have been sexually assaulted by an orthopedic surgeon already being accused of drugging and raping two women.

Investigators have received more than 50 calls since they announced the arrest of Dr. Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and his purported girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a press conference Friday.

The crimes may have taken place over the last two decades — some outside the state of California, Rackauckas said.

Robicheaux met potential victims in person at bars and restaurants but may have also targeted them through dating apps, Rackauckas said, cautioning dating app users to be careful when meeting people online.

"Ladies, please be careful when you meet people on these kinds of apps," he said. "You don't know what's behind that — what appears to be a perfect smile."

Some of the women who have come forward indicated to prosecutors that they felt the need to support the the two women Robicheaux is accused of raping, Rackauckas said.

Rackauckas thanked the people who "reported what happened to them," saying it "must be difficult" to relive the events, as well as the media for circulating the story.

He also asked other potential victims to come forward, promising that their identities will be safeguarded.

"They didn’t ask to have this happen to them," the district attorney said.

The couple was arrested on Sept. 12 at Robicheaux's home and each face multiple felony charges in California, including rape by use of drugs, oral sex using a controlled substance, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense and possession of controlled substances.

Women were at risk up until the arrest, Rackauckas said.

Robicheaux was also charged with possession of an assault weapon and faces a sentencing enhancement related to that weapon possession. Riley will face a sentencing enhancement for being knowingly vicariously armed with a firearm.

While the couple could face additional charges, it is unclear whether they will be re-arrested, Rackauckas said. They are currently free on a $100,000 bond each.

Their attorneys released a statement Tuesday, "unequivocally" denying all allegations of non-consensual sex.

"They have been aware of these accusations for a number of months, and each of them will formally deny the truth of these allegations at their first opportunity in court. Dr. Robicheaux and Ms. Riley believe that such allegations do a disservice to, and dangerously undermine, the true victims of sexual assault, and they are eager to have the proper spotlight shed on this case in a public trial," the statement read. "It must be noted that none of the allegations in this matter relate to or concern Dr. Robicheaux’s medical practice or patients in any way. They both thank their families and friends for their continued support."

On Friday, Robicheaux and Riley's attorneys held a press conference, saying the police had been investigating the case for some time, and if they felt the public needed protection, they would have taken action.

Defense attorney Phillip Cohen said the couple's home was searched in January, with a number of items taken, and there had been no allegations or info regarding victims of rape.

The couple has not fled or gone into hiding since then, Cohen said, adding that Robicheaux even left the country twice and returned voluntarily during that time.

The couple used their "good looks and charm" to disarm the victims, and traveled to festivals like Burning Man in Nevada and events in Palm Springs, California, Rackauckas said.

Robicheaux appeared on the Bravo series "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" in the past.

Investigators are currently combing through "thousands" of videos on Robicheaux's phone that allegedly show women who "appear to be highly intoxicated, beyond the ability to consent or resists," Rackauckas told reporters earlier this week.

Robicheaux and Riley are expected in court next month.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Newly released data from the Department of Defense shows female sailors are at the highest risk of sexual assault, compared to women serving in the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The risk is highest on U.S. Navy ships, including on a majority of the nation's aircraft carriers, the data shows.

Military installations in the Washington, D.C., region were typically associated with the lowest risk of sexual assault for men and women.

The findings were published on Friday in a RAND Corporation study, commissioned by the Pentagon, that used data collected in 2014 through more than 170,000 surveys of active duty service members. The study identified the 15 lowest-risk and highest-risk installations for men and women in each service.

Although the data is four years old, the report serves as a snapshot of where service members at that time may have been at the most risk of sexual assault.

In a statement on Friday, the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), a nonprofit that advocates for issues related to servicewomen, said military base commanders should welcome the data as a valuable tool to measure the success or failure of their efforts to prevent sexual harassment and assault at their installations.

"SWAN hopes that base commanders at all installations, but especially the highest risk installations, will examine the data and realize that any sexual assault reported at their base represents fratricide within their ranks and a failure in their duty to protect those who serve under them," said retired Col. Ellen Haring, acting SWAN CEO.


Of the 15 highest-risk Naval installations for women, 13 were ships or clusters of ships, including eight of the ten aircraft carriers, RAND found. There are typically about 5,000 sailors aboard a carrier.

"Our model estimates that more than 10 percent of all women experienced a sexual assault at each of these high-risk installations over a one-year period, and more than 15 percent of all women were assaulted at two of them," the study said.

Those two installations where the risk of sexual assault was over 15 percent were Naval Support Activity (NSA) Charleston (South Carolina) and the USS George Washington aircraft carrier.

Ships and clusters of ships also proved to be the highest-risk locations for men, though the percentage was much lower at between 2 and 4 percent.

However, on at least one ship, RAND estimated that close to one in every 25 male sailors was sexually assaulted and "more than 2.5 percent of men were assaulted on all of the ships in the highest-risk list."

There were no ships among the lowest-risk installations for male or female sailors.

Air Force

Female airmen were at the lowest risk of sexual assault compared to the other services with even the highest-risk installations estimated at less than 5 percent.

"The five highest-risk bases for Air Force women are all Air Education and Training Command bases, with the top three focused on undergraduate pilot training," the study said.

The top three highest-risk installations for female airmen were Vance (Oklahoma), Laughlin (Texas), and Altus (Oklahoma).

For male airmen, the highest-risk installations estimated a sexual assault risk at about 0.5 percent and also included Atlus and Laughlin.


Female soldiers were found to be at the highest risk of sexual assault (between 5 and 10 percent) at large Army installations in the U.S., Japan, and South Korea, as well as two large training programs (Fort Huachuca in Arizona and the Presidio of Monterey in California).

Among the U.S. bases that posed the highest risk to women were Fort Drum (New York), Fort Riley (Kansas), and Fort Carson (Colorado). The lowest-risk installations included two Air Force bases with populations of Army soldiers and two medical centers.

For male soldiers, some of the highest-risk installations (between 1 and 2 percent) were located overseas, including in Italy, Germany, and South Korea.

Marine Corps

As the Marine Corps is a much smaller service, RAND only ranked the five lowest- and highest-risk installations, instead of 15.

Female Marines faced a roughly 10 percent risk of sexual assault at the highest-risk installations, which included Air Station Yuma (Arizona), Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms (California), and Air Station Beaufort (South Carolina).

The lowest-risk installations for women ranked between 5 and 8 percent and included Combat Development Command Quantico (Virginia) and the Mobile 3rd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Japan).

Male Marines were at the highest risk of sexual assault (between 1 and 2 percent) at bases in Japan and South Korea, and at the lowest risk in the Pentagon and Camp H. M. Smith (Hawaii).

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in thirteen years the Army has failed to meet its annual recruiting goal and Army officials believe the strong U.S. economy is partially to blame.

The Army failed to meet its recruiting goal of 76,500 new recruits for fiscal year 2018, bringing in 70,000 recruits — an 8.5 percent shortfall from this year's goal.

“About 70,000 Americans joined the Regular Army in FY18, the most to enlist in a single year since 2010 - and every single recruit either met or exceeded DoD standards,” said Hank Minitrez, an Army spokesman. “The Army will fall short of its 2018 recruiting goal.”

The last time the Army failed to meet its recruiting goals was in 2005 at the height of the war in Iraq.

The 70,000 is actually more than the recruiting goals for the three other military services combined, but as the largest service, the Army always has the biggest recruiting challenge.

What’s behind the shortfall? “A strong economy, and a lower propensity among the population of 17- to 24-year-olds to enlist are challenges we face,” said Minitrez.

“Only 1 in 4 [of the] 17- to 24-year-olds in the nation are actually qualified to enlist, and of those, only 1 in 8 have a propensity to enlist," said the Army spokesman. "All of those factors make for a difficult recruiting environment.”

Army officials have cautioned since early this year year that it was possible the service might not make this year’s initial recruiting goal of 80,000 — a significant increase from recent years.

From 2013 to 2017 the Army met lower recruiting goals set that varied from 56,000 to 67,000 as the service downsized its numbers.

But a requirement to increase its total size led to a much larger recruiting goal for 2018. This past spring the goal was lowered from 80,000 to 76,500 after higher than expected numbers of re-enlistments eased personnel requirements.

But the service faced criticism that in order to meet its goals it was increasing the number of waivers granted to some recruits who would normally not be eligible to enter the Army in strong recruiting periods.

Through August, 2018, Army statistics show that the number of waivers for positive drug and alcohol tests had increased to 1.05 percent, up slightly from the .79 percent granted in 2017.

Waivers for major misconduct waivers also increased to 2.88 percent during that same time frame, up from 2.38 percent in 2017.

Army officials have maintained that the service is still committed to recruiting only qualified applicants.

“We made a decision to raise the quality of our recruits despite the tough recruiting environment," said Minitrez. "As we look to 2019 and beyond, we have laid the foundation to improve recruiting for the Army while maintaining an emphasis on quality over quantity."

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iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) --  Erin Vandewiele's last words still haunt her friend.

"He's gonna kill me if I don't get away from him today," she wrote to Stacey Morris in a desperate text conversation on July 8.

That was the last time Morris heard from Vandewiele, who had moved from Wisconsin to Colorado with a man named Joseph Mayer less than a month before that conversation.

A few weeks later, on July 23, after messaging another friend that she was sleeping at a railway station, Vandewiele mysteriously went out of touch from everyone in her life.

Mayer was arrested in Colorado on Aug. 19 for starting a fire in a creek and that was when police realized he was listed on a national database as a dangerous fugitive wanted by authorities in Wisconsin on drug and burglary charges, Capt. Joe Harvey of the Golden Police Department told ABC News.

Mayer was extradited to Wisconsin, where Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith confirmed he is currently incarcerated on outstanding warrants.

Family and friends of Vandewiele, frantic with worry, are passing out flyers, setting up pages on social media and traveling across states to meet police in a concerted effort to find the 40-year-old.

"It's killing me that I don't know where she is," Mandi Schmidt, her sister, told ABC News. "She always kept in contact with somebody. It's not like her to not let her kids know where she is. We just really miss her."

The Denver Police Department is also searching.

"Friends, can you help us find Erin Vandewiele?" it wrote in a Facebook post. "If you see her or know her whereabouts, please call 720-913-7867."

Vandewiele's personal belongings were found in a hotel in Denver and her ID and social security card were found on a bus, Schmidt said. In Vandewiele's last text conversation with the other friend, Shane Cook, she told him she had been sleeping in Union Station in Denver for five days by herself, and sent him a picture of herself at the station.

"I am in Denver Colorado and need to get the f--- away from this stupid woman beating a------ and go home," she told him.

"I have $90 to my name ... am so stupid for coming here," she added.

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Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New Jersey sheriff who was purportedly heard in voice recordings making multiple controversial comments — including racist remarks about the state's Sikh attorney general — has resigned.

The Bergen County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that Sheriff Michael Saudino has submitted his resignation after public radio station WNYC published multiple recordings the day before.

Saudino allegedly made the statements during a conversation on Jan. 16 following the inauguration of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, which he attended, according to WNYC.

In the recording, Saudino was discussing whether Murphy had made any appointments from Bergen County when an undersheriff mentioned that Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who is Sikh American and wears a turban because of his religious beliefs, was from Bergen County.

"He didn't do that because of Bergen County," Saudino purportedly said. "He did that because of the turban."

Saudino was also purportedly heard in the recordings criticizing Murphy's remarks on policing at his inauguration on topics such as marijuana and better criminal justice reform.

"Christ almighty. In other words, let the blacks come in, do whatever the f--- they want, smoke their marijuana, do this, do that, and don't worry about it," Saudino purportedly said. "You know, we'll tie the hands of cops."

In another recording, Saudino purports to question whether Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver is gay, asking, "Is she gay? 'Cause she's never been married."

Grewal responded in a tweet Thursday, saying he has developed a "thick skin" after being called "far worse," but denounced the comments on the Black community and the lieutenant governor.

The statement from the sheriff's office did not address whether it was, in fact, Saudino's voice in the recordings.

After the recordings were released, Murphy issued a statement urging Saudino to resign. Now that he has, the state can "now begin the process or restoring faith in the Bergen County Sheriff's Office" and "begin the process of ensuring that the bigoted beliefs by the former Sheriff are not given shelter," Murphy said in a statement.

"I fully intend to appoint an interim sheriff who can rebuild the public’s trust," Murphy said. "The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office is home to countless dedicated officers who no doubt were as horrified and disappointed by their former boss’s comments as we were. This is an opportunity for our Administration to work with them, and with the community, to instill new leadership that upholds our shared New Jersey values of inclusion and respect for all."

Grewal said in a statement that Saudino's resignation is an "important first step in repairing the relationship between the Bergen County Sheriff's Office and the diverse communities it serves" but expressed concern that none of Saudino's subordinates challenged him.

"The fact that a top official could make racist comments about the African-American community – and that no one in the room would challenge or correct him – raises serious concerns," Grewal said.

At least two undersheriffs were also in the room at the time of the conversation, which took place in a county office building after Murphy's inauguration, according to the source who provided the recordings to WNYC.

Four undersheriffs have also submitted their resignations, the sheriff's office said. Bergen County Sheriff's Chief Kevin Pell will serve as officer-in-charge until Murphy appoints an interim sheriff, according to the statement.

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco described Saudino's comments as "indefensible," but added that he does not think they reflect the "values of the men and women" of the sheriff's office.

"It was clear he could no longer serve the people of Bergen County effectively," Tedesco said in a statement. "We cannot and must not tolerate discrimination from anyone, let alone our elected officials. Bergen County’s diversity is our strength and my administration works every day to ensure inclusion within county government and throughout our 70 municipalities. "

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, N.C.) --  Duke Energy says a dam at a power plant in Wilmington, North Carolina has been breached, raising concerns that water contaminated with byproducts of burning coal could flow into the Cape Fear River.

Duke says ponds that store solid byproducts of burning coal that can contaminate waterways with substances like mercury and arsenic, known as coal ash, are submerged but they believe stable and not releasing ash into the river.

But a spokeswoman also said they cannot rule out that coal ash was released and will continue to monitor the situation.

Duke says flooding at the Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington caused breaches in a dam on a lake to store water for cooling the facility and that the water is overflowing into the Cape Fear River. The water from the cooling lake also overflowed into a natural gas plant, which has been shut down.

The company says another byproduct of burning coal- hollow spheres of silica or aluminum called cenospheres - are flowing into the river. A spokeswoman said they don't yet know how many of the spheres were released.

But Lisa Evans, a senior attorney specializing in hazardous waste for the environmental law firm Earthjustice, said cenospheres are part of coal ash and that its unlikely that part of coal byproducts would spill but not other potentially harmful substances.

She said Earthjustice is concerned the floodwaters have risen above the level of the coal ash ponds which means any water in the lake and flowing into the river could also be contaminated.

"What we're concerned about is that the floodwaters of the Cape Fear have raised the level of the lake and thus breached or overtopped the dike flooding the ash pond which causes the release of coal ash and cenospheres into the cooling pond or lake which is now being released into the Cape Fear," Evans said.

A wall around one of the coal ash basins is underwater but they believe the ash is still in place, Paige Sheehan, a spokeswoman for Duke said. She also said they are not aware of a public health risk associated with cenospheres.

The small, hollow spheres created as a byproduct of burning coal are used in manufacturing for plastics like kayaks and bowling balls.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality said safety officials were notified of the breach Friday morning and that there are no structural issues with the dam. They said in a statement that water from the Cape Fear River was flowing into Sutton lake and then back into the river and that water was close to both coal ash basins on the property but there doesn't appear to be any structural issues.

"DEQ’s dam safety engineers are now coordinating with NCDOT to conduct drone inspections to determine real-time site conditions. While the state is currently in emergency response mode, a thorough investigation of events will soon follow to ensure that Duke Energy is held responsible for any environmental impacts caused by their coal ash facilities," the department said in a statement.

EPA Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn said in a statement that EPA is monitoring the Sutton site and other sites around the state for potential impacts to the environment and human health.

The Cape Fear River is a source of drinking water in Wilmington, NC. The state has been looking into levels of a chemical used to make non-stick products in the water after it was released into the river last year, according to The News and Observer.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three babies were among five people stabbed at a suspected birthing center in New York City early Friday, police and officials said.

The victims were found just before 4 a.m. inside what police described as a private residence housing what initially appeared to be a childcare facility in the Flushing neighborhood of the city's borough of Queens. Investigators now believe the home may have been a birthing center, which partially served as a place for immigrant women to deliver babies in the United States.

There were nine infants inside the multifamily home, three of whom had been stabbed, including a baby girl who is just three days old, police said.

"Three of the injured were infants ranging from the age of three days to 1-month-old," Juanita Holmes, assistant chief of the New York City Police Department, said at a press conference later Friday morning.

A man and a woman were also found inside the house with stab wounds. All five victims were rushed to local hospitals in critical but stable condition, police said.

"We pray that all of the victims will be fine and will survive these injuries," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Friday. "We are hoping these young babies, small and so very fragile, are also strong enough to overcome this horrible act of senseless violence."

The suspect, identified by authorities as 52-year-old Yu Fen Wang, was found unconscious in the basement of the home with what appeared to be a self-inflicted slash wound to her left wrist, police said.

She was subsequently taken into custody and treated for non-life threatening injuries. She is believed to be an employee of the facility, police said.

Two knives -- a butcher knife and a meat cleaver -- were recovered from the scene, police said.

The investigation into the incident and a motive is ongoing. Authorities are also probing the three-story residence and exactly what type of services it was offering, and whether they were legal and properly licensed. Officials told reporters it may have provided maternity care or hospitality services to new and expecting mothers in the neighborhood's largely Chinese immigrant community.

"There are legitimate business models that are opening up maternity hotels around the country and they're licensed," New York State assembly member Ron Kim said at a press conference Friday afternoon. "In all immigrant communities around the country, where immigrants rely on each other for these type of services because of some economic hardships they're undergoing.

"We're not sure if this place was designed to execute that kind of a service," he added.

This particular facility appears to have been in business for nearly 10 years and was operating without a license, according to Kim.

The location is not listed as a licensed or regulated child care program with New York state’s Office of Children and Family Services, according to agency spokeswoman Monica Mahaffey.

“OCFS is saddened by this horrific situation and investigating it as a possible illegal operation,” Mahaffey said in a statement Friday.

The city Health Department is investigating the facility, too. It said the was no home daycare license at the location.

A source told ABC News there was no history of complaints at the center.

The center is not licensed as a daycare, and it's not regulated by the city or state. It is therefore up to Brown's office to determine its legality.

A centuries-old Chinese custom, known as "sitting the month," advises new mothers to stay indoors, rest and restore their energy during the month after childbirth. The tradition has inspired China's industry of maternity residences, where women pay to be confined with their baby at postnatal care centers that often boast an array of luxury services and amenities.

Similar businesses have sprouted up in Chinese immigrant communities across the United States. But there have also been cases of privately-run facilities housing pregnant tourists who allegedly forked over thousands of dollars to give birth there to establish their child's U.S. residency.

"We've seen these type of ads on ethnic papers for a long time," Kim said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) --  The federal government is set to conduct the first-ever test of a nationwide system to send emergency alerts to almost all cellphones in the country on October 3.

The "Presidential Alert" system uses the same wireless alerts smartphone users receive on AMBER alerts or severe weather warnings but allows the president, or another authorized official, to send simultaneous warnings to almost every smartphone in the country at the same time.

FEMA officials said that, unlike AMBER alerts or weather warnings that are sent to people in a specific area, the "Presidential Alert" would be triggered if the president, or another authorized official, decides there is "public peril" that merits a national notification. The president or his designee would notify the FEMA operations center to activate the system, and not physically set off the alert.

The "presidential level" message, officials say, could be used to alert the nation if there were a risk of an imminent attack or multiple terrorist attacks.

"If there was public peril and the president or his designee determined the public needed to be notified about these events, then that would be a trigger," a FEMA official told reporters.

FEMA officials said if the nationwide alert is ever used to notify Americans of an emergency, it would be followed by instructions from state and local governments on what action residents should take.

The wireless alert will go out to most cell phone carriers at 2:18 p.m. EDT, followed by alerts to the broadcast emergency alert system at 2:20 p.m. on October 3. Wireless alerts will use the same special loud tone and vibration as other emergency alerts at will read "Presidential Alert: This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

The Department of Homeland Security won't be tracking the performance of the alert but an official said they would ask DHS and FEMA employees to report when they receive it. FEMA expects at least 75 percent of phones to receive the alert. FEMA's website says that smartphone users cannot opt-out of nationwide Presidential messages, even if they can opt-out of AMBER alerts or other alert messages.

The test was originally scheduled for Sept. 20 but was postponed due to the ongoing response to Hurricane Florence.

The federal government has to test its national alert system every three years. The test in October will be the first time the nationwide emergency alert test includes the Wireless Emergency Alert system that automatically sends alerts to cell phones.

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Sean Rayford/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Sara Felton and her husband packed up their car and got out of the path of Hurricane Florence two days before the storm hit. Now, a week after the impact, they’re dealing with the aftermath.

The North Carolina resident got a call from her mother-in-law the morning after the worst of the storm, saying she had driven past their trailer and the “windows were blown out and [the] shed was flipped over.”

Felton, 28, and her husband “hauled butt” to get back home after staying with friends who were more inland. But even the journey back was treacherous.

“The rain was coming down so hard that you couldn’t really see,” she said of their ride back to Beaufort, North Carolina. “The current was dragging our car but I could still see the roads a little bit.”

She told her husband Riley to keep going. When they arrived home, the destruction was obvious.

“I’ve never seen my husband cry before and he was just in tears,” she said. “Everything was under water.”

They had to walk in ankle-deep mud and marshland to get into the trailer. The windows were blown out, the ceiling in the living room had collapsed. The air conditioner “flew through the window and landed in the middle of the kitchen,” she noted.

“Our entire deck -- it’s like it just got lifted up and the sky just swallowed it... there's not even a piece of wood nowhere,” she said.

Felton said when she went to her daughter’s bedroom, “we could just feel the floors, it was about to collapse. We couldn’t even step into the room.”

“Our whole entire place was just destroyed,” she said.

The Feltons are like so many others who are rebuilding their lives in the wake of Florence, which made landfall as a hurricane before being downgrading to a tropical storm. The damage from the impact was one threat but the days of continued rain and flooding had disastrous implications as well.

The Feltons have accepted that they'll need to find a new home.

“It’s a complete loss. The only thing we could really save were some clothes that we had in the dresser. They were all soaking wet but that's something you can throw in the washer machine,” said Felton, who works at two convenience stores in the Beaufort area.

She said that for now, she, her husband, her 10-year-old daughter and their two pit bulls will likely be moving in temporarily with her mother-in-law who has a spare bedroom.

Felton said that they’ve contacted FEMA and “they even said [their trailer] was unlivable.” She hopes to get some kind of assistance.

“We both work – we can pay our own stuff – but we just need to get our foot in the front door,” she said of receiving some form of aid.

She continued, “We think that everything happens for a reason. The lord … he's telling us something. He got us out of there for a reason. We're moving on, we're excited about the future. We'll see what happens.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two workplace shootings in two days. Two different attackers -- one, a middle-aged man who fired at his coworkers at a software firm in Wisconsin -- the other, a young woman who shot dead three employees at the Maryland warehouse where she worked.

But on Friday, a common thread emerged between both shootings: mental illness.

Snochia Mosely, 26, the Maryland shooter who fired at the 65 other employees who were present Thursday at a Rite Aid distribution center, had been diagnosed with a mental illness in 2016, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a press conference Friday.

"Friends said she was increasingly agitated over the past few weeks and they were concerned for her well-being," the sheriff said.

She used a Glock 17 9mm handgun that she had legally purchased in March 2018 and had a valid license for. Gahler said her mental illness didn't bar her from obtaining a gun.

The Wisconsin gunman, 43-year-old Anthony Tong, had "contact" with police in South Dakota in 2004 that involved a mental health issue, Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said Friday. Tong's concealed-carry permit had been revoked and he was unable to legally purchase a firearm, said Foulke, who cautioned against using Tong's illness as an excuse for the shooting.

Mosely, a temporary employee who had worked at the Rite Aid center for two weeks, had reported for work as usual at 6:30 in the morning on Thursday, Gahler said. While entering, she had a minor altercation with another co-worker who had exchanged words with her about "butting in line," although Gahler said that disagreement wasn't major enough to explain her actions. Less than an hour later, she left for home, returning at 9:05 a.m. in a hooded shirt, armed with her handgun, three magazines, pepper spray and a pair of handcuffs.

"She was moving pretty quickly, not taking a lot of time to aim," Gahler said. "You don't have to be highly accurate when you're in close quarters."

Three people -- Sunday Aguda, 45, Brindra Giri, 44, and Hayleen Reyes, 41, died from their gunshot wounds. Three others -- Hassan Mitchell, 19, Wilfredo Villegas, 45, and Acharya Purna, 45 -- were critically wounded but are expected to survive. Mosely was killed by the self-inflicted gunshot wounds to her head.

"We learned yesterday no community is immune from this kind of heinous violence," Gahler said. "What makes a person capable of taking a weapon and using it against unarmed, defenseless people? It's senseless. We're never going to understand it."

In the Wisconsin shooting, Tong shot and seriously wounded three coworkers before police killed him in a shoot-out at WTS Paradigm, a software firm in Middleton, located about six miles outside of Madison.

Foulke said police still don't know what motivated the attack.

"He came to work that day on a normal basis and was working when this happened," Foulke said. "I just don't know. Motive is the huge thing that everybody wants to know."

The police chief said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was trying to track down the origin of the 9mm semiautomatic pistol used in the attack.

"There's something unique about that weapon that they're having trouble finding out where it came from and what hands it passed through," Foulke said.

Wisconsin authorities also said Friday that the conditions of the three seriously wounded workers had improved. The woman and two men have been upgraded from serious to fair condition at University Hospital in Madison, according to UW Health.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The owner of a controversial company that makes 3D-printed gun blueprints has reportedly been arrested in Taiwan after being accused in Texas of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old and then paying her $500.

The U.S. Marshals Service is aware of suspect Cody Wilson's arrest, the agency said in a statement Friday. "We are fully engaged with our international partners on this matter," according to the statement.

Staffers at the Zhongzheng Second police precinct in Taipei, Taiwan, where the media outlet Taiwan News reported the apprehension, were familiar with the case but could not confirm any arrest because of the late hour there, they told ABC News.

Authorities had issued an arrest warrant for Wilson, 30, on Wednesday in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a minor.

The Austin man owns Defense Distributed, which sells blueprints for producing plastic firearms using 3D printers.

The alleged victim, an unnamed 16-year-old girl from Central Texas, told a counselor she'd had sex with Wilson Aug. 15, 2018, in an Austin hotel before he paid her $500, according to the arrest warrant affidavit filed Wednesday in Travis County District Court.

Wilson's last-known location was Taipei, Taiwan, according to Austin police. He missed a scheduled flight back to the United States after leaving the country before police could interview him, Texas authorities said at a news conference Wednesday.

"We don't know why he went to Taiwan but we do know before he left, he was informed by a friend of the victim that she had spoken to police and police were investigating him," Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer said Wednesday, adding that he didn’t know when Wilson left the United States.

Austin police Friday directed ABC News to the U.S. Marshals Service, which has assumed the lead in the investigation.

In the arrest warrant affidavit, Austin police said they received a call from a counselor Aug. 22 who reported that a client, a girl under the age of 17, had reported having sex with a 30-year-old man a week before.

On Aug. 27, police were present when staff from the Center for Child Protection interviewed the alleged victim. The girl said that she’d met the man on and that he’d used the screen name “Sanjuro,” according to police.

A search of the girl’s cellphone uncovered messages to as well as links to messages from Sanjuro, according to police. And, in one message, Sanjuro identified himself as Cody Wilson, police said.

Wilson’s Texas driver’s license picture also matched the “Sanjuro” profile image on, police said.

Wilson and the girl met at a coffee shop Aug. 15 and left together in a black Ford Edge, police said. They said the vehicle was similar to a 2015 black Ford Edge registered with Wilson’s business, Defense Distributed.

Police said they reviewed hotel surveillance footage “showing the victim and Wilson exiting an elevator onto the seventh floor. … Hotel records showed that Wilson was the lone registered guest for room 718 on that date.”

Wilson sexually assaulted her and then “retrieved five $100.00 bills from a bag on the floor” and gave her the money, the alleged victim told police, according to the affidavit.

Video showed the two leaving the hotel, the affidavit alleged. He later dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant, she told authorities.

Detectives have spoken with the victim, Officer said at the news conference, and "in their opinion, if someone mistakes her age, it would be because they think she’s younger, not older, than the 16-year-old that she is.”

ABC News' attempts to reach Wilson have been unsuccessful.

Wilson could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to ABC Austin affiliate KVUE-TV.

Wilson is a self-described "crypto-anarchist" at the center of a fierce legal battle over whether Americans should be able to print guns that would be unregulated and untraceable.

In 2013, he successfully fired a bullet from the world’s first 3D-printed handgun and posted its design online. The video got nearly half a million views and the design was downloaded nearly 100,000 times. The link was later terminated by law enforcement officials.

Years of litigation followed, leading to a settlement in July allowing Wilson to re-release the gun’s downloadable blueprints.

Over the summer, however, a federal judge temporarily stopped him from putting gun blueprints online and in August, a federal judge in Seattle extended the injunction, after a coalition of states and the District of Columbia said making plastic weapons available would create a public safety issue.

Later that month, Wilson said he'd started selling the plans for producing plastic firearms using 3-D printers despite an injunction blocking it because of concerns about public safety.

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Mark Makela/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- After years of allegations of sexual violence from dozens of women which nearly all share common denominator accusations of being drugged and molested by the world-famous entertainer, Bill Cosby is facing the prospect of walking into a Pennsylvania courthouse next week, never to emerge a free man.

For the first time since the #MeToo movement burst into an urgent national dialogue last fall about sexual harassment and violence against women — a once-extraordinarily powerful American man is facing the imminent possibility of prison time.

Earlier this year, Cosby was convicted of three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from the 2004 drugging and molestation of Andrea Constand, a former basketball coach at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University. A previous trial last year ended in a hung jury and a mistrial.

Anticipation of this milestone moment has been building for months, and it’s likely to reach its zenith next week when Cosby’s sentence is handed down following two days of what could prove to be viscerally emotional public hearings.

“To see him led out in handcuffs or shackles would be quite a triumph, I think, for all of us,” said Victoria Valentino, a former Playboy model who claims that Cosby raped her in 1969.

“I think it’s going to be a really amazing experience, if that’s what we get to see, and I really hope that we do,” she continued. “I think it would mean a lot to women in general and to the victims across the country, knowing that he’s not going to get away with it, that he really is going to have to suffer the consequences of his own actions."

“God knows we’ve been suffering the consequences of his actions all these years, so it’s only fair that he gets to feel the bite of all of this too,” she said.

Cosby's sentencing is scheduled to include two days of pre-sentencing hearings to determine, among other issues, whether he will be designated a sexually violent predator (SVP).

But in a key ruling this week, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill rejected a prosecution bid to have additional accusers testify at the hearings — clearing a potentially lengthy portion of the proceedings that experts said could streamline the process and allow the hearings to be completed in one day, not two, which means there is the possibility that Cosby's sentence could be handed down late on Monday.

O'Neill's ruling was sure to have disappointed prosecutors. This week, Steele's office had been soliciting written statements from some of the dozens of accusers who have never appeared in court, in anticipation of a favorable ruling that could allow them to share their stories in the courtroom.

From the start, Cosby has consistently insisted that any sexual encounters he had with women were consensual, and he has flatly denied ever taking advantage of any woman.

Through three teams of defense attorneys and two sensational criminal trials, the comedian and his representatives have fought tirelessly — at times ruthlessly — inside and outside of courtrooms, to defend and preserve both Cosby’s reputation and his freedom.

It’s far from clear what sentence will be handed down to Cosby and the possibilities range from probation or house arrest to years in prison.

Taking on the judge

Whether he is released on bail after his sentencing pending his promised appeal, or handcuffed on the spot, he’ll be facing a judge at whom his lawyers have repeatedly aimed pointed, deeply personal allegations about the jurist, his family and his personal life.

O’Neill has twice rejected defense motions to recuse himself: one time over his wife’s work with victims of sexual assault, and a second time earlier this week, after defense attorneys contended in a motion that perceived animosity between O'Neill and a former political rival unfairly informed his decisions in pre-trial hearings before the first criminal trial.

In a flurry of publicity launched just days before his sentencing, Cosby’s third legal team filed a motion last week seeking the judge’s recusal and his public acknowledgement of the alleged long-running feud between him and the political rival, former county district attorney Bruce Castor.

Castor has testified that while he was district attorney, he promised Cosby not to file criminal charges if the entertainer would testify in a civil lawsuit Constand had filed against him. Kevin Steele later became the county district attorney and brought charges against Cosby.

Cosby attorneys also filed a complaint about O’Neill to a state ethics board, a legal strategy accompanied by headline-making attacks on the judge’s character and integrity from Cosby’s longtime wife Camille, who slammed O'Neill as "unethical", "arrogant" and "corrupt."

O’Neill forcefully rejected both motions, but it was clear that the personal nature of the petitions have impacted him.

Defending both his judicial integrity and his wife’s work with sexual assault victims, O’Neill suggested that the defense, in its motion, had sought to “trivialize” his wife’s work.

“I am my own individual in making decisions here,” he said from the bench, “and my wife’s personal beliefs and professional pursuits and what she does for a living are just of no consequence.”

Appearing to choke up, O’Neill apologized to the court “if emotions become a part of [this]. But it’s a difficult thing if the parties choose to bring the families into it.”

While legal experts told ABC News that it is a defense attorney’s job to pursue every reasonable path in defending a client, they said that the strategy that Cosby’s various lawyers have pursued could prove dicey.

“In my experience, there’s sometimes a risk in attacking the judge,” said David Rudovsky, a University of Pennsylvania law professor. "Though that depends on who the judge is."

“I would say that with any kind of high-profile case where a lot of people are watching, [where] you’ve got strong feelings on both sides, both sides at one time or another have upset the judge with their motions, and what you’re hoping for in our [criminal justice] system is that a judge can put all that aside and say, ‘I’m going to do the right thing here.’”

Is Cosby a Sexually Violent Predator?

Beyond sentencing, the one key issue that remains unresolved as next week’s hearings loom is whether Cosby will be designated a sexually violent predator, the most severe designation that can result from a conviction for sexual violence.

In August, a Pennsylvania state review board issued a report which recommends that Judge O’Neill designate Cosby an SVP. The board's conclusion is public, but the report is not. O’Neill can follow or reject the state board’s recommendation.

This is a distinctly separate legal issue from registering as a sex offender, which Cosby is already obligated to do once he is sentenced — even as he's appealing the conviction to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, experts said.

But due to a very recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that plays in Cosby's favor, this legal debate could get thorny and complicated and drag on for months.

Pennsylvania state law defines a sexually violent predator as a person who has “a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.” The consequences of such a designation are severe and potentially lifelong.

If designated an SVP, Cosby would be required by Meghan's Law to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, as opposed to a finite amount of time required of a regular sex offender designee and determined by a judge.

Cosby would also be required to undergo counseling or treatment (whether in or out of jail or prison) at least once a month for the rest of his life, according to authorities. Such a designation would also require local authorities to post notice of his presence in any Pennsylvania neighborhood he lives in after either being sentenced to home-confinement or probation, or after being released from prison.

The Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board votes to designate a convict as a sexually violent predator in about a quarter of the cases it reviews, the board’s director recently told USA Today. State judges adhere to the board’s recommendations about 75 percent of the time, she told the newspaper.

The defense is all but certain to challenge the sexual violent predator recommendation, and some experts who spoke to ABC News anticipate Cosby’s lawyers may prevail. In late August, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (PASC) agreed to consider whether the state has the right to lawfully designate some sexual offenders as sexually violent predators.

The PASC decision to review the statute came in response to a different case — in which a lower court judge ruled that the state's criteria for designating a sex offender as a sexually violent predator is unconstitutional. The state appealed that ruling to the state’s high court, which has agreed to review the lower court judge's finding.

How Long Could Cosby Serve in Prison?

Each of the three second-degree felony counts carries a maximum ten-year sentence and no minimum and the judge has wide discretion on sentencing. Technically, Cosby could face 30 years in prison, but few if any legal experts anticipate this outcome. Since the three counts all stem from the same act, it is almost certain, they said, that Cosby would serve the terms concurrently — meaning he could be imprisoned for anywhere from zero to ten years.

O’Neill has wide latitude, and the convictions do not carry a minimum sentence, so the judge could also sentence the comedian to house arrest (which he is currently subject to) or simply probation. In the best-case scenario for the entertainer, Cosby could receive probation and be released from house arrest and electronic monitoring. This is the only eventuality that could leave the world-famous comic free to roam the world without restriction.

Would Cosby Go Straight to Jail After Sentencing?

If Cosby is sentenced to any time behind bars, Montgomery County D.A. Steele is widely-expected to move for immediate incarceration. The defense is equally anticipated to argue that due to his age and infirmity he should be allowed to remain on house arrest pending an appeal.

While legal experts say this would be unusual, there is a recent and very high-profile precedent: convicted former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been out on bail for two years now since her sentencing on felony perjury and other convictions.

What would state prison be like for Bill Cosby?

If Cosby is ordered to be imprisoned after sentencing, he would be transferred to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, Penn., according to Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokeswoman Amy Worden. He would wear a cocoa-brown prison uniform and be assigned and identified by his inmate number. He would have to stand at attention to be counted by guards four times a day, and would work at a job that pays between 19 and 42 cents an hour, Worden told ABC News.

If the sentence is less than 24 months, he would likely remain incarcerated in Eagleville for the full sentence, according to Steele’s spokeswoman Kate Delano. If the sentence is even one day longer than two years, he would likely be transferred into the state prison system, beginning with a first stop at the state's new, $400 million facility in suburban Philadelphia.

When a male inmate enters the Pennsylvania state prison system, he is immediately processed and evaluated at a prison facility in Camp Hill and assigned a custody level — which designates the amount of security needed to manage the inmate.

Levels range from 1 (minimum security) to 5 (maximum security). An aggravated sexual assault conviction would be factored into his custody level and where he is sent, according to Worden. "Other factors that determine placement include age, health, programming needs, and, in addition to an inmate's security risk, the potential of risk to that inmate from others," Worden told ABC News.

Once he gets assigned a custody level, he would be sent to one of 23 male state prison facilities. It's possible that Cosby would be sent to the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands in Somerset County, which provides services to geriatric inmates and inmates with medical conditions. Still, all state facilities accommodate geriatric inmates, so he could be sent anywhere. Some state prisons have Gray Panther chapters, which address the needs of elderly inmates.

Cosby would also likely be separated from the general population for his own safety, Worden said.

"High profile inmates may be placed in protective custody depending on the circumstances and potential for their notoriety and/or crimes to make them a target."

Conversely, Cosby could be sentenced to house arrest and be required to continue to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. In that scenario, state parole officers could show up unannounced at his home at any time of day or night to check on him.

Has Cosby Appealed His Conviction?

No. Per Pennsylvania state law, a defendant cannot appeal a conviction until after sentencing. Expect the defense to immediately appeal the three felony convictions as soon as sentencing is complete. And expect them to argue, among other issues, that the inclusion of the five "prior bad acts" accusers in the second trial was prejudicial to the defendant.

What legal issues does Cosby face post-sentencing?

At least four sex-assault-related civil cases against Cosby have remained on hold pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings. So once he's sentenced, he'll need lawyers to defend him against multiple women suing him, mostly for defamation for publicly rebutting their claims.

In April, Lisa Bloom, the attorney for supermodel and trial witness Janice Dickinson, tweeted, "What's next? My defamation case on behalf of Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby, which we've been fighting and winning for three-plus years, goes on."

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KGO/ABC News(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- A 24-year-old woman who says she was shot by a man using a paintball gun hesitated at first to call the police because she claimed she was worried officers might mistake his paintball gun for the real thing and fatally shoot him.

The victim, who does not want to be identified, was riding her bike in Oakland, California, on Sunday night when she says she was shot at close range from a car with two men inside.

"I looked up and saw a kid leaning out of a car window shooting at me," she said. "It looked kind of like a machine gun."

A surveillance video showed the woman riding a bike at 6:50 p.m., and, then, 24 seconds later the footage revealed there was a white vehicle following behind her. The woman confirmed to ABC station KGO-TV that the car in the video belonged to the shooter.

The two men, who she said appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s, were inside the white car when she said the man shot her without saying a word.

"I looked down and I had paint and blood on my leg and had been hit a few times on my back," she said.

When she realized she was going to be fine, she hesitated at first to call the police.

"It looked like they were young people carrying a big gun that could have easily been seen as a real gun," she said.

She says she called Oakland Police on Sunday night but was not able to reach the department. KGO-TV was told by Oakland police that the department would like to investigate the incident.

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Salem New Hampshire Police Department(SALEM, N. H.) -- A father who was captured on video allegedly using his toddler to steal toys and prizes out of a claw machine at a New Hampshire mall is now facing several charges.

Anthony Helinski turned himself into police Wednesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Helinski was subsequently charged with criminal theft, trespassing and child endangerment, according to police.

The 34-year-old, who is a middle school teacher employed by Andover Public Schools, has since been placed on administrative leave, ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV reported.

"One of our teachers at the Doherty Middle School was involved in an incident in Salem, New Hampshire last week," a spokeswoman for Andover Public Schools said in a statement released to WCVB-TV. "Andover Public Schools is fully cooperating with authorities."

Witnesses observed the crime at the Mall at Rockingham Park on Friday and recorded video as Helinski helped his daughter climb through the bottom slot of the KeyMaster game, according to WCVB-TV.

The video shows Helinski’s daughter grabbing items from the game and handing them to her father.

Police sought the public's help to identify Helinski by circulating the video online in a Facebook post.

Helinski has since been released on bail and is scheduled to make a court appearance on Oct. 29 in Salem, Massachusetts.

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WJLA(WASHINGTON) -- Wendy Karina Martinez, the woman who was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in Washington, D.C., was living the "happiest moment" of her life, her mother said Thursday.

The 35-year-old Martinez had just gotten engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Danny Hincapie, last week and was looking forward to planning her wedding, her mother, Cora Martinez, said.

"She was very excited when she found out she was going to be engaged. So, as soon as she had the engagement ring, she let me know. She said, 'Mom!! Look at this! I got it!' I said, 'No, you got him," the mother said Thursday. "Wendy lived the happiest seven days of her life. She was in the happiest moment."

Cora Martinez said she had gone with her daughter to shop for a wedding dress.

"When I saw her in that dress I never figured ... that was the dress for her burial," the mother said, adding that her daughter and Hincapie were planning two weddings, one in the United States and another in Colombia, where her family is originally from.

Martinez was attacked and stabbed to death Tuesday night while jogging in the Logan Circle neighborhood of the nation's capital.

"This is incredibly unfair and senseless," Martinez's friend, Kristina Moore, said. "She was taken from us too soon."

Martinez lived about two blocks from where she was allegedly killed by Anthony Crawford, 23, who randomly targeted and stabbed her repeatedly, said Police Chief Peter Newsham of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

Crawford was taken into custody in a Washington, D.C., park on Wednesday night following 24-hour manhunt. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder early Thursday, Newsham said.

Though brokenhearted, Cora Martinez expressed sympathy for the man accused of stabbing her daughter seven times.

"I feel relieved, in peace," she said. "I have forgiven him completely. My heart has no room for hate, resentfulness. So, I just said, 'We believe in the greatest judge, the ultimate person that is going to give what is deserved.' So, I am asking my family to do the same. Just let it go. Wendy is happy, she is in peace."

Hincapie described Martinez as "our sunshine."

"She radiated love. She was full of energy. She was so excited," Hincapie said. "She's the representation of a lot of things we want to be: Kindness, helpfulness, how to be a friend, how to be a partner. I think that's her representation of who she was, her legacy, and how she is living. She's here with us."

He said Martinez was also an avid runner and that they met while competing in a half-marathon.

"She gave me some advice, printed a copy of her tips and she wrote a couple of extra notes, and she actually ran the race with me," said Hincapie.

He said she had competed in marathons and was thinking of running in the Boston Marathon.

"One of the last things she did was train me for my first full marathon," he said. "So, I would like to keep that [up]. I would like to keep running."

The family planned to attend a community vigil for Martinez Thursday night in Logan Circle, near where she was killed.

"I know she will be looking down smiling on us," Hincapie said. "We want to keep our heads up and stay strong, and still remember her."

Martinez also lived in the Logan Circle neighborhood for about eight years and felt comfortable jogging daily in the area, her friends and relatives said.

Cora Martinez said her daughter was a devout Christian and driven professional.

Martinez worked as the chief of staff for FiscalNote, a software, data and media company headquartered in Washington.

"Wendy was an invaluable member of our team and a vibrant member of the community," the company said in a statement.

On Aug. 29, Martinez posted a message on Facebook saying how much she loved her job.

"Two years ago today since I entered a new space that significantly changed my professional trajectory," Martinez wrote. "Two years of pushing me outside of my comfort zone, while teaching me about the inner workings of building a company, and what it takes to reach success. This is my B-school, hustling and working with a team driven by the same purpose and goal to connect the world to its governments."

She was a 2012 graduate of Georgetown University, where she majored in Latin American studies.

"Wendy was not only beautiful and not only brilliant and a hard worker ... she was joyful, funny, loving and always there," said Moore, adding that Martinez was "just determined to live out the American Dream."

Martinez's brother, Juan Carlos Martinez, said he and his family have been touched by the outpouring of support they have gotten from the community and civic leaders.

"Wendy was cherished and loved by a lot of people," the brother said. "Wendy was a fantastic human being."

D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser said community residents are "outraged" by Martinez's death.

"We do expect safety in our neighborhoods, any and all neighborhoods," Bowser said. "Whether in Logan Circle or Wellington Park, we want people to feel safe going about their normal activities. And a woman jogging on our streets is a normal activity."

Martinez was also a volunteer at the Central American Resource Center, or CARECEN, a nonprofit organization that provides legal services to Latinos.

"Wendy gave back to the immigrant community by enthusiastically tutoring students as they prepared for the U.S. naturalization exam," the organization said in a Facebook post. "Wendy will be missed by the CARECEN community but will live on through the students she helped to achieve U.S. citizenship.”

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