Connecticut man stabbed while meeting woman from online dating site

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A man who was meeting a woman for a date Tuesday evening in New Haven ended up being stabbed.

New Haven police said this had all the makings of a set-up.

The man, identified as 22-year-old Ivin Fernandez, had met the woman named “Tasha” on Tuesday night behind the LaQuinta Inn on Sargent Drive. He found her through a website called Plenty of Fish.

The victim said Tasha asked him to drive them to a terminal loading dock, and when he was sitting in the car, the victim said a man went up to him and threatened to kill him.

The man opened the car door and stabbed Fernandez several times. The victim ran to a nearby restaurant and called for help.

“It did appear from what the officers detectives have learned that the perpetrator of the crime knew the woman,” said New Haven Police Officer David Hartman.

Police found Fernandez with lacerations to his thigh, bicep, shoulder and the side of his head.

His injuries are not life threatening.

Officers said the attacker and the woman were seen on surveillance video getting into Fernandez’s car, and then after some time they both got out and ran off.

Police found a set of keys and the suspected knife used in the attack in a dumpster behind the restaurant.

No arrests have been made at this time.

The attacker is described as being in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and was wearing a baseball cap.

Hartman said it is important to do your homework before meeting someone you find online.

“Pick a place that has a lot other people, is well lit and the same goes for other things that we do through online services, Craig’s list for example,” Hartman said. “We need to be aware if we are going online, especially with people we don’t know in unfamiliar areas. The victim was not from New Haven so these are things to think about.”