Police are looking for a man wanted for allegedly stabbing and injuring a 17-year-old girl in the Woodhaven section of Queens. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Workers scrubbed bloodstains from the sidewalk where emergency workers treated Natasha Martinez.
The 17-year-old girl was stabbed 10 times in the doorway to her apartment building on 85th Street in Woodhaven.
Teens who said they know her wonder how this could have happened.
"She's a very nice person. I'm just really sad," said one.
"Very nice. I'm really shocked right now that this happened to her," said another.
Police released surveillance video of the man they believe attacked the girl Monday night.
"She was walking from Atlantic Avenue down and she walked right passed me, because I live right there, and I'm standing in front of my house, and she walked right passed me, and she was on her cellphone talking," said one neighbor.
Neighbors said Martinez was coming home from work at McDonald's after 11 p.m. when a man that police say is in the image above, which is taken from surveillance video, stabbed her in the back, side and stomach.
"We don't know the reason for it. I wouldn't characterize it," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "We'd have to determine what the motivation is here."
One man who said he also lives on 85th Street said he heard the girl scream for her mother. He ran outside to find her clutching her side, saying she was stabbed. He watched the possible suspect run away.
"I think it's just awful, just awful to hear a girl coming from work, so young, for that to happen," said one person.
Now, neighbors worry about the girl, her family and their own safety.
"It's frightening because now, I'm going to work and I have to come home at night," said one neighbor.
People on the block said they're trying to organize in order to do something positive for the girl's family.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.