Michael Marler, 37, appeared on crutches, wearing a body brace around his torso and over his grey tracksuit as he stood in the dock at the city’s magistrates’ court.
Marler, from Oldham, is accused of killing Danielle Richardson, 24, whose body was discovered at a flat in Ancoats in Manchester city centre early on Tuesday.
Police received reports a man had jumped from a second-storey flat window and onto the roof of a stationary black Hyundai, smashing the windows of several other cars as he fled the scene.
A number of people were also allegedly assaulted.
Officers were called at 7.40am on Tuesday and entered a flat in Swan Street, where they found the body of Ms Richardson.
She had suffered several stab wounds.
Chair of the bench Terri Farrow remanded the defendant in custody for a first appearance at Manchester Crown Court next Tuesday.
Ms Richardson, from Oldham, was described by her family as a “loving and caring mother, sister, daughter and auntie”.
“She had a heart of gold and would help anyone who needed it,” they said in a tribute.
“She worked briefly as a carer in an elderly care home and she was much loved by many of the residents. There isn’t anyone that would have a bad word to say about Dannii.
More from Manchester
Police release CCTV of man sought after attempted rape of 10-year-old girl
Murder probe after man ‘jumps from window’ in Manchester
Man hunted after attempted rape of girl, 10
Munich Air Disaster: The survivors who never played again
Man Uni: Class of 92 stars have plans to build a university approved
Manchester fire: Apartments blaze ‘spread via wooden balconies’
“It’s broken everyone’s hearts that she was taken from us so soon. We know she will be watching over us and will always be in our hearts.”
In addition to the murder of Ms Richardson, Marler has been charged with attempted robbery, assault and three counts of causing damage to motor vehicles.