The two sisters of the woman who was critically injured when she was attacked, allegedly by a Cohasset man she met on Tinder, say without the intervention of police the 24-year-old would have died.
Maegan Tapley is still recovering from the injuries she sustained in the Dec. 27 attack, which include broken bones and teeth, pulled out hair, and “deep” stab wounds, her sisters, Bridget and Hilary Tapley, told Boston 25 News.
“I’m very thankful for the Cohasset police, because if they didn’t get there probably exactly when they did, then my little sister would be dead,” Hilary Tapley told the station. “She said she was about 30 seconds away from giving up.”
The man accused of stabbing her in his Cohasset home, 25-year-old Erich Stelzer, died in police custody after he was tased by officers responding to the incident. The cause and manner of his death have yet to be determined by authorities.
Tapley’s sisters told Boston 25 that Stelzer and their sister met on Tinder and had seen each other a few times over the course of a couple weeks before the night of the stabbing. The sisters said Stelzer came to their home in Saugus on Dec. 27 to see Maegan and then asked her for a ride home to Cohasset.
Maegan Tapley gave him a ride, but then Stelzer allegedly wouldn’t let her leave and began stabbing her, according to Boston 25.
“We were this close from losing her,” Bridget Tapley told the station. “It’s like hearing her tell a tale of a horror movie she played a character in.”
Authorities say Cohasset police responded to the residence on Church Street for a report of a disturbance just before 10 p.m. and saw Stelzer attacking her with a knife and “other weapons.” Officers used tasers to subdue him, and he became unresponsive and later died while being transported to a local hospital.
“It’s like hearing her tell a tale of a horror movie she played a character in.” – the sisters of the woman stabbed by the man she met on Tinder tell me what happened that night in Cohasset. Their sister is still recovering from serious wounds. Watch my exclusive story at 11! pic.twitter.com/5JI8oniOhB
— Litsa Pappas (@LitsaPappas) January 7, 2019
Tapley’s sisters said she has already undergone multiple surgeries. Hilary Tapley has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover her medical bills.
“He didn’t break her spirit,” Hilary Tapley told Boston 25. “She’s already thinking of things she’s gonna do to better herself when she does recover.”