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Accused Rite-Aid stabber held on higher bail

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By Alana Cerrone

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In Jacob Gallant’s first court appearance, he admitted to randomly attacking an 18-year-old Rite-Aid employee. He was charged with intent to murder.

Friday, he pled not guilty in Superior Court. His lawyer asked for a lower bail, but the state wanted a harsher penalty.

“I am asking the court to impose the original recommendation which was $200,000 with surety."

Their argument - that the viciousness of this attack warrants a higher bail. They say when Gallant walked into that store and sliced at Alyssa Garcia with a butcher knife, two men had to jump in to save her.

Still. she was stabbed at least eight times, and hospitalized with serious injuries.

In his initial court appearance, the 41-year-old told police he bought the knife with the purpose of stabbing the first person he saw. He said he tried to stab Garcia in the heart.

"He chose a person he had no relationship with - had no idea who this person was - to single out and attack this person at her place of business...the complainant is going to have injuries and deal with the repercussions of that attack for the balance of her life."

Gallant's lawyer says the original $100,000 bail was too high for someone who doesn't have a criminal record. He also claims Gallant isn't a flight risk and has plenty of family in Massachusetts to stay with.

Ultimately, he judge sided with the state, holding Gallant on an increased bail of $200,000.

In his previous court appearance Gallant was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. According to police, Gallant's family says he had been struggling with the recent death of his grandmother and had gone missing right before the incident.

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