Judge doubles bail for Warwick pharmacy stabbing suspect
WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) —
A Kent County Superior Court judge doubled the bail for a man accused of stabbing a random Warwick pharmacy employee.
The judge on Friday increased 41-year-old Jacob Gallant’s bail to $200,000, believing that because the Westport man allegedly attacked a random stranger, no one is safe.
Just a month before, police accused Gallant of attempted murder, after they said he stabbed a Rite Aid employee during the afternoon of March 5. He is facing a charge of assault with intent to murder.
In court, state prosecutors said the alleged random and violent spree is what makes him dangerous.
"He choose a person who he had no relationship with, had no idea who this person was,” said Kent County Special Assistant Attorney General Charles Calenda.
One of the men was the victim's co-worker, while the other was a stranger who had been shopping at the store.
NBC 10 News previously spoke to both good Samaritans, including 19-year-old Connor Devine, who works at the store as a shift manager, and 51-year-old Stanley Bastien
“I put him down belly first,” Bastien told NBC 10 in March. “Hands out-stretched like this.”
During the initial hearing, the judge asked Gallant why he was in court.
“I am here because I attacked a young woman,” Gallant said.
He was ordered to take a mental health evaluation.
State prosecutors argued his bail should be set at $200,000 and the judge agreed.
NBC 10 spoke to Garcia’s father by phone, who said the newly set bail is still not enough.
State prosecutors cited the victim's extensive injuries as a reason why the Gallant's bail needs to be increased.
“The complainant is going to have injuries and deal with the injuries and deal with the repercussions of that attack for the balance of her life,” Calenda said, also describing the attack as vicious in nature.
Although Gallant's defense attorney argued against increasing the suspect's bail, the judge eventually disagreed, saying community safety is part of the concern.
"There's nothing to suggest that he would be a flight risk or a threat outside the situation he was in,” said Defense Attorney Christopher Smith.
Bastien told NBC 10 Friday he believes the victim's family sent him a fruit basket after the incident. There didn’t appear to be a note.
Gallant's family told police he's been struggling with the recent death of his grandmother.
If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.