Police arrest man suspected in New York tourist stitches

NEW YORK – Police arrested a suspect in the random stabbing of a tourist in New York City earlier this month.

Twenty-three-year-old Connor Rasmussen, of Puyallup, Washington, was stabbed in the back of the head, on Dec. 18.

The police announced the arrest Wednesday of a 20-year-old Steven Tlapanco on charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

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Rasmussen was attacked in the early morning hours, on some streets of the popular tourist spots, such as Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal.

Rasmussen said that his attacker stabbed him without saying a word. He needed eight stitches.

The police arrested Tlapanco after the release of surveillance photographs and video recordings of the attack.

It is not clear whether Tlapanco has a lawyer who has comments to make about the costs.

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