New Hampshire police arrest man in brutal Planet Fitness beating

ROCHESTER, NH (WHDH) - Police in Rochester, New Hampshire, have arrested a man in connection with the brutal beating of a woman in the parking lot of a Planet Fitness in June.

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On the evening of June 12, authorities say Jordan Lamonde, 22, of Portsmouth, got out of his car and walked toward the gym on North Main Street. Unprovoked, Lamonde then allegedly approached a woman from behind and punched her 39 times.

Responding officers found 18-year-old Erin McCarthy suffering from serious injuries. She had just clocked out of work when she was attacked.

“We publicly stated that he was targeting her specifically,” said Captain Jason Thomas of the Rochester Police Department, “there is a reason, however she does not know him.”

Surveillance footage capturing the first moments of the attack was widely circulated by the Rochester Police Department shortly after the incident.

“This was a vicious, unprovoked attack that shocked our community, and I am proud to report that the suspect has been identified and apprehended,” Chief Paul Toussaint said.

Rochester Police said they identified the suspect and tracked him down as he was leaving a New Hampshire hospital.

Lamonde was held on $150,000 bail. He is slated to be arraigned Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Strafford County Superior Court on second-degree assault charges.

Watch the video above to hear McCarthy as she spoke out about the incident.



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