PORTLAND — A Scarborough man accused of a vicious beating in Portland in August made his first court appearance Tuesday after being indicted last Friday for attempted murder and other charges.
Eric M. Gwaro, 28, was indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on one count each of Class A attempted murder, Class A elevated aggravated assault, and Class B aggravated assault stemming from the alleged Aug. 30 assault of a 25-year-old Portland woman.
An indictment is a finding that enough evidence exists for prosecution. It is not a finding of guilt.
Gwaro’s Tuesday appearance at the Cumberland County Unified Criminal Docket in Portland related to a Class E count of violating conditions of release. He was indicted on the charge last Friday in addition to the other charges, and had been free on $10,000 cash bail.
Court records detailing the the state’s case against Gwaro were impounded before his court appearance Tuesday.
According to a news release from the Portland Police Department issued after Gwaro’s arrest, officers responding to a report of a man beating a woman discovered a 25-year-old Portland woman lying unconscious in Montgomery Street near the base of Munjoy Hill.
Police said witnesses identified Gwaro as her assailant. He was allegedly hiding in a nearby hedge and tried to flee before he was arrested in Peppermint Park on Cumberland Avenue.
The victim was taken to Maine Medical Center and treated for face and skull fractures. Gwaro was initially charged with Class B aggravated assault.
Gwaro was also a call member of the Scarborough Fire Department. Scarborough Fire Chief Michael Thurlow said Gwaro is now on unpaid leave.