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Police arrest man in New York City tourist stabbing

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    A tourist was stabbed a few blocks from Rockefeller Center.

NEW YORK >> Police have 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, Wash., was stabbed in the back of the head on Dec. 18.

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

Rasmussen was attacked in the early morning hours, just blocks from popular tourist spots including Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal.

Rasmussen said his assailant stabbed him without saying a word. He required eight stitches.

Police arrested Tlapanco after releasing surveillance photos and video footage from the attack.

It’s not clear if Tlapanco has an attorney who can comment on the charges.

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