Two facing charges in county stabbing
CHESTER — Two people are charged with attempted murder in connection with the early Tuesday morning stabbing of a Chester man, state police said.
Officers with the Maryland State Police arrested two people on Tuesday, Dec. 27, in connection with a stabbing of a Chester man, Maryland State Police said.
Emily Hert, 20, of Stevensville, and William Tulowitsky, 21, of Queenstown, are accused of stabbing Joseph Lanfranchi, 30, of Chester, multiple times shortly after midnight. Both Hert and Tulowitsky are being charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, firstdegree assault, reckless endangerment and accessory after the fact, police said.
Lanfranchi was anonymously dropped off at the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center in Grasonville and was later flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore to receive further treatment.
Lanfranchi has been discharged, the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center said.
Troopers assigned to the Maryland State Police Centreville Barrack responded to the emergency center in Grasonville where Lanfranchi refused to answer questions, police said. While at the emergency center, police said, contact was made with a relative of Lanfranchi’s who said they were walking along Little Creek Road in Chester and saw a yellow Volkswagen Beetle parked on the shoulder of the road.
Police were told when Lanfranchi approached the passenger side window he was pulled into the car and stabbed before the vehicle fled the scene, though descriptions of the three car occupants were provided, police said.
Earlier in the night of Dec. 26, prior to the stabbing, the same Volkswagen Beetle was pulled over for a traffic violation near the scene of the later incident by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office. Officers were able to identify Hert as the Volkswagen’s driver and Tulowitsky was identified as the front seat passenger, police said.
The third occupant in the vehicle has been identified, police said, but an investigation into their involvement in the incident continues.
Both Hert and Tulowitsky were found on Dec. 27 at about 6 p.m. in a home on River Run in Queenstown and were arrested without incident, police said.
Investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore continue the investigation, police said. Further assistance is being provided by troopers from the Maryland State Police Centreville Barrack, the Queen Anne’s County Narcotics Task Force, the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit and the Maryland State Apprehension Team.
Hert is being held on $50,000 bond at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center, and Tulowitsky is waiting to be seen by a district court commissioner.