Man Attacks Teen Girl Walking Home in Queens, Stabs Her 10 Times

The victim is expected to survive, authorities said

By Shimon Prokupecz and Sheldon Dutes
|  Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 6:46 PM EDT
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Newly released surveillance video show the man police think might be behind the brutal stabbing of a teenager in Queens. She's expected to survive, but her family and neighbors are shaken. Rob Schmitt reports.

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Newly released surveillance video show the man police think might be behind the brutal stabbing of a teenager in Queens. She's expected to survive, but her family and neighbors are shaken. Rob Schmitt reports.

A man with a knife attacked a 17-year-old girl from behind as she walked home from her job at a Queens McDonald's Monday night and stabbed her 10 times, police and relatives said.

The teen, whom relatives identified as Natasha Martinez, is recovering in the hospital. Her mother told NBC 4 New York she is heavily sedated but is expected to survive the attack right outside her Woodhaven home at about 11:30 p.m..

Wendy Martinez said she heard her daughter yelling "Mama," and thought she had forgotten her key.

"She had the key but had no time to take it out," the mother said in Spanish.

The girl was stabbed so violently she lost a kidney and was in surgery for three hours, her mother said. 

The mother said her daughter has a long-distance boyfriend who wasn't in town at the time of the attack, and has never had any problems. She has "always been a girl that goes from school to the house," she said.

"I don't know what happened, if he was on drugs or if he wanted to kill her," Wendy Martinez added.

Police are looking for a suspect. It's not clear why the girl was attacked. According to her mother, none of the girl's belongings were taken.

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