ROCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) — A man charged in the brutal beating of a woman outside a New Hampshire gym waived his right to appear in court Tuesday and was released on personal recognizance.
Jordan Lamonde, 22, of Portsmouth, was arrested Monday in the June 12 attack, which was captured on surveillance video.
It shows a man attacking 18-year-old Erin McCarthy from behind as she walked to her car outside the Planet Fitness in Rochester.
Police said Lamonde punched McCarthy 39 times and threw her to the ground.
McCarthy, who was not seriously hurt, told WBZ-TV on Tuesday she believes the attack was revenge for a dispute Lamonde had with her ex-boyfriend.
A girl “tipped the police and then she messaged me on Facebook to let me know, and then it was like I asked my ex and he was like ‘Oh yeah, but I didn’t rob him, I didn’t actually rob him’ and then, later on, we found out he obviously did rob him because why would Jordan come after me,” said McCarthy.
According to court documents, the girl who tipped off people said she heard Lamonde complaining that he was ripped off by $30,000 by someone.
Police said Lamonde waited outside for McCarthy, who works inside in the gym, for nearly the entirety of her eight-hour shift.
He was charged with second-degree assault. A cash bail of $150,000 was waived Tuesday, according to Lamonde’s attorneys.
“The basic bail argument here would be that he has no prior convictions, that he has a life-long connection to the state of New Hampshire, and he’s got the support of his family and under those circumstances, there would be no justification for holding him on bail,” said attorney John Durkin.
Lamonde must also submit to random drug and alcohol testing and wear a GPS.
His bail order lists multiple people, including McCarthy, that he can not have contact with.
McCarthy was attending the session because she wanted to see “justice served,” though she is trying to not let the ordeal scare her.
“I haven’t been sketchy, or paranoid or checking over my shoulder or anything but I’m also very careful who I hang out with now though, considering my ex put in that situation, technicalities, and stuff,” she said.
Rochester Police Chief Paul Toussaint said in a statement Monday, “This was a vicious, unprovoked attack that shocked our community, and I am proud to report that the suspect has been identified and apprehended.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports