NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – A North Kingstown teenager is facing charges following a brutal attack that was caught on camera.
The alleged assailant is the son of local lawyer, Jayne Donegan, who police dropped an unrelated social host charge against last month.
Police confirmed the video obtained by Eyewitness News is an alleged assault by Jack Donegan, 18. One of Donegan’s other friends filmed the 21-second long fight, which began as Donegan and the victim were playing video games inside of his home. In the video, the victim pleads for the punches to stop.
The victim filed a report with police on May 1, two days after the alleged incident. According to the report, the victim suffered a mild concussion, contusions, and a neck sprain. The victim told police he had headaches and internal injuries that caused him to vomit blood after the assault.
The report states that Donegan’s mother, Jayne, was not home at the time.
According to the police report, the victim told officers in a formal statement that Donegan believed he had stolen $15,000 worth of jewelry from the home. The victim denied the allegations and the fight broke out shortly after, he told police.
Days after the alleged assault, the victim told officers he received multiple text messages and calls from Donegan, who offered to give him money in exchange for not pressing charges.
The victim also told police that he called Jayne Donegan to tell her about the assault, and claims she said, “He was a drug addict and he was responsible for stealing the jewelry.”
Donegan turned himself into police on May 2 and is facing charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned and later released on $1,000 personal recognizance and was ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Donegan’s attorney William Devereaux sent a statement to Eyewitness News that reads in part, “Ms. Donegan loves her son very much, but is very upset about this incident and disappointed in the behavior she has learned about. While her son believed the alleged victim stole certain valuables from her home over a period of time, this was not the way to deal with it.”
The statement went on to say that this incident and Jayne Donegan’s case are entirely unrelated.
North Kingstown police told Eyewitness News that they will not be pursing any charges against the person who filmed the incident.