Early morning murder in Alexandria area

UPDATED 5:45 p.m. 

Murder suspect

Richardo Molina-Martinez
Photo: Fairfax County Police

An Alexandria man is in custody following the murder of his wife early Monday morning.

Ricardo Molino-Martinez, who is in his late 40’s, is accused of fatally stabbing his wife, 35 year old Yesenia Membrano-Diaz.  The assault happened a little before 5:00am in the 8400 block of Diablo Court in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.  A witness who says she heard screaming and saw a woman lying on the ground alerted police to the crime.

A report of screaming and a woman on the ground brought police to the 8400 block of Diablo Court in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County around 4:50 Monday morning.

They arrived to find the woman dead, with trauma to her upper body.

A helicopter and a K9 team searched for a suspect, described as a heavyset man wearing dark clothing

The victim hasn’t yet been positively identified but Fairfax County police do not believe that the assault was random.  They ask anyone with information to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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