WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The man accused of stabbing a teenage Rite Aid employee in what police called a “random” attack had his bail doubled during his arraignment at Kent County Superior Court Friday morning.
Jacob Gallant would have to pay $20,000 of his $200,000 bail to be released from prison as he awaits trial. His bail was previously set at $100,000 with surety, where he would have needed to pay $10,000. When that bail was set, the judge said it was five times the guideline for his charge.
Gallant is accused of approaching 18-year-old Alyssa Garcia at the Warwick Avenue Rite Aid on March 5 and stabbing her at least eight times. Garcia was severely hurt but survived her injuries.
“[She] is going to have injuries and deal with the repercussions of that attack for the balance of her life,” said Special Assistant Attorney General Charles Calenda.
Calenda argued for Gallant’s bail to be increased on Friday. “Someone who allegedly engages in that type of behavior poses such a danger to the community that would warrant this court imposing the bail that I have requested today,” Calenda said.
Gallant’s defense attorney, Christopher Smith, argued that bail is not supposed to be used as a punitive measure, and Gallant doesn’t have a record. The judge sided with the prosecution and increased the bail.
Gallant, 41, of Westport, is charged with assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon (knife); and possession of a knife with a blade longer than three inches during the commission of a crime of violence, with intent to commit murder. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Warwick police said Gallant and Garcia did not know each other, saying Gallant admitted he bought a butcher knife and intended to “stab or try to kill” the first person he saw. He pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday and is due back in court on May 23.
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A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Garcia in her recovery.