Leesburg Parking Lot Brawl Leads to Arrests: Joseph Smith Charged with Malicious Wounding, Eric Dekenipp with Simple Assault

Joseph Smith

In a recent incident, Joseph Smith, 32, currently without a permanent address, faces charges of malicious wounding. In a related case, Eric Dekenipp, 39, from Lovettsville, VA, has been charged with simple assault.

The incident unfolded just before 2:00 AM today when Leesburg Police responded to reports of a brawl in a bar’s parking lot on East Market Street. The initial investigation indicated an argument among four individuals who had just left the bar. During this dispute, Dekenipp and another man engaged in a physical confrontation. Smith later intervened in this fight. After the clash between the men ended, Dekenipp assaulted a woman acquainted with him.

Dekenipp was arrested for simple assault and taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. There, he complained of arm pain and was discovered to have a laceration from the earlier conflict. Dekenipp was booked into the detention center after receiving medical treatment at a local hospital.

Eric Dekenipp

Investigations revealed that Smith had slashed Dekenipp with a knife during the parking lot altercation, leading to his arrest for malicious wounding.

Currently, Joseph Smith is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond, while Eric Dekenipp is detained on a $1,000 secured bond.

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