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Man charged in midtown stabbing of tourist, police say

Connor Rasmussen, 23, and his fiancée Jordan Asher

Connor Rasmussen, 23, and his fiancée Jordan Asher in Times Square. Rasmussen was stabbed in the head in midtown not long after proposing. Photo Credit: Jordan Asher

A 20-year-old man was charged on Wednesday in the midtown stabbing of a tourist who was in New York to propose to his girlfriend, police said.

Steven Tlapanco was charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Tlapanco allegedly stabbed 23-year-old Washington state resident Connor Rasmussen in the back of the head as he walked with friends on Madison Avenue and East 46th Street about 2 a.m. on Dec. 18, police said. 

Rasmussen was ambushed from behind, his now-fiancée Jordan Asher said earlier this month, and he pulled the knife out himself. He was recovering at home in Washington state only a day later.

Rasmussen had traveled to New York -- the first time he'd ever been to the city -- to surprise Asher who was already on vacation in the city with her mom and friends. He proposed in Central Park. 

Arraignment information for Tlapanco was not immediately available.


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