Man charged with second degree assault in Gilmanton

GILMANTON — A man who faces one count of second-degree assault for allegedly choking a woman at her Crystal Lake Road home Sunday afternoon is free on $15,000 personal recognizance bail.

Affidavits submitted yesterday to the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, said Jacob LaBonte, 24, 43 Upland Drive in Gilford was allegedly at the victim's home and causing a disturbance.

Someone from the house called 9-1-1 at 3:45 p.m. and between the time 9-1-1 was called and police arrived LaBonte allegedly put his hands around the woman's neck and applied enough pressure to cut off her air supply.

LaBonte fled into the nearby woods. Gilmanton and a K-9 from the Alton Police attempted to find LaBonte but were initially unsuccessful, said Prosecutor David Estes. He said one of the officers heard a noise and found him.

Estes said LaBonte has a number of criminal convictions dating back to 2007, including possession of drugs, stemming from appearances in Laconia District Court and the Belknap County Superior Court, resisting arrest in 2011, and the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2012. He said the arresting officer noted LaBonte had alcohol on his breath but he could not say whether or not he was impaired.

LaBonte's attorney said he is employed and recently bought a car for which he has car and insurance payments. She said he has two children, pays child support, and lives with his parents.

She said LaBonte "maintains his innocence," will waive extradition, and noted he has never failed to appear in court.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered LaBonte to stay out of Gilmanton, not to consume any alcohol or drugs, and that he be immediately detained if found to be consuming alcohol.