Woman stabbed inside Worcester restaurant has died; N.H. man charged with murder

WORCESTER, Mass. — Update, July 4, 9:48 a.m. -

Police say the woman who was critically injured inside a Worcester restaurant Wednesday night has died and a 28-year-old New Hampshire man accused of stabbing her has been charged with murder.

Worcester Police said the 31-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the hospital after she was stabbed inside O'Connor's Restaurant. Her name has not been released.

A preliminary investigation suggests Carlos Asencio, of Derry, New Hampshire, went into O'Connor's, found the woman who police say he had previously dated, and allegedly stabbed her, according to police.

A good Samaritan was also stabbed and injured while attempting to stop Asencio. His injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.

Asencio was restrained by diners at the restaurant until police arrived.

Asencio was charged with murder; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; armed assault with intent to murder; disorderly conduct; disturbing the peace; resisting arrest; and an outstanding warrant.

It's not clear when he will be arraigned.

On Thursday, the Middlesex DA and Ayer Police identified Asencio as the suspect in a violent home invasion from April.

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A woman is in critical condition and a good Samaritan was also injured following a stabbing inside a Worcester restaurant, police said.

That 26-year-old good Samaritan is being credited with stopping the attacker who was stabbing the woman.

The stabbing occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday inside O'Connor's restaurant on West Boylston Street.

Boston 25 News spoke with the good Samaritan's father, who said his son, Allen Corson Jr., jumped to help stop the attacker.

He was just in the area from Connecticut with his family going on a hike.

And they stopped at the restaurant for dinner when they saw someone stabbing a woman.

"We just started hearing a scream and a screaming from a lady that sort of ‘Help me, help me’ and my son jumped up and he ran out with a couple other gentlemen. He was the first one who made the tackle of the gentleman. He observed the guy he had two knives I guess," said Allen Corson, the man's father.

His son suffered a stab wound to the back and was rushed to UMass Memorial Hospital.

Police have not released the suspect's name but they say he is in custody.

Police say the attack does not appear to be random.

Police responded to the restaurant after receiving a report of an assault at that location.

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