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The Bobster
12-19-2016, 05:31 PM
http://nypost.com/2016/12/19/knife-wielding-madman-attacks-newly-engaged-couple/

Knife-wielding madman attacks newly engaged couple
By Shawn Cohen and Daniel Prendergast
December 19, 2016 | 2:30pm | Updated

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Connor Rasmussen and Jordan Asher in Times Square on Dec. 19 after the proposal. Photo courtesy of Connor Rasmussen and Jordan Asher


A 23-year-old tourist who had just surprised his girlfriend by proposing to her in Central Park was stabbed in the back of the head by a lunatic in Midtown — but he and his bride-to-be told The Post that they still love New York.

“We’re just so thankful he’s alive,” said Jordan Asher on Monday, as her fiance, Connor Rasmussen, recovered from a gash to the head that required eight stitches. “I believe this is an absolute miracle.”

Rasmussen, who lives with Asher in Washington state, recalled having to pull the knife out of his head himself.

But “I feel lucky. We both can’t even believe this happened to us,” he said.

Rasmussen had surprised Asher by proposing to her in Central Park in front of a large group of their friends and family Friday afternoon. But by early Sunday, the group’s celebratory weekend had been wrecked by the madman’s random attack.

The tourist was jumped as he was walking down East 46th Street near Madison Avenue with some friends around 1:45 a.m.Sunday.

The victim told cops he noticed the attacker walking several yards behind him and his group as they were looking for someplace to eat pizza.

Rasmussen said he heard the assailant shout something before he ran up and plunged the knife into the base of his skull.

“It was a blindside thing to the back of my head,” Rasmussen recalled. “I turned and looked at the guy. I think he was kind of shocked that I didn’t go down, and he took off.”

The thug also took a swipe at a female friend, scratching her face, before he fled toward Fifth Avenue, police said.

“As I was running, I reached for the back of my head to make sure I was OK,” Rasmussen said. “That’s when I felt the handle sticking out of my head. Honestly, it never hurt, and it wasn’t smart to pull the knife out.”

Asher, 22, was back resting at their hotel at the time. She rushed to the scene just as Rasmussen was being loaded into an ambulance.

“They told me Connor had been stabbed in the head and that he had been attacked but that he was OK,” she said.

“It was one of the scariest moments of my life.”

Asher said she asked her fiance, “Are you OK?” and then assured him, “I’m here. I love you.”

Somehow, Rasmussen was not seriously injured and was patched up at Bellevue Hospital. He was even able to hand the knife he pulled out of his head over to police when they responded to the scene.

Rasmussen and Asher are now safely back in Washington.

“God was definitely watching out for him,” Asher said. “We’re just trying to not let it take away from [the engagement]. We’re extremely excited for our future together.”

The Bobster
12-21-2016, 08:42 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/12/21/this-is-the-man-cops-say-stabbed-a-tourist-in-the-head/

This is the man cops say stabbed a tourist in the head
By Daniel Prendergast
December 21, 2016 | 11:32am

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Cops are searching for this man


Police have released surveillance photos of the man who is suspected of stabbing a tourist in the head as he and his fiance were in town celebrating their engagement, officials said.

The images were captured as the suspect was walking around Midtown around the time of the Sunday morning attack.

The man walked up behind Connor Rasmussen, 23, as he and some friends were walking along East 46th Street near Madison Avenue in search of a pizzeria and planted a steak knife into the base of his skull around 1:40 a.m.

Rasmussen calmly managed to remove the blade from the back of his head and stared down the attacker, who he said appeared stunned more damage hadn’t been inflicted.

“It was a blindside thing to the back of my head,” Rasmussen told The Post on Monday.

“I turned and looked at the guy. I think he was kind of shocked that I didn’t go down, and he took off.”

Rasmussen was in town from Washington state for a romantic weekend with girlfriend Jordan Asher, 22, and both their families.

He had surprised Asher by proposing to her in Central Park in front of a large group of their friends and family Friday afternoon, two days before the random attack.

Rasmussen was not seriously injured and received several stitches at Bellevue Hospital before returning home to Washington.

The suspect is described as being a Hispanic man standing around 5-foot-10 and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the word “Jordan” on it, black sweatpants and black sweatpants.