Two fac­ing charges in county stab­bing

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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.

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