Police: Lower Windsor Twp. man assaults cellmate

A Lower Windsor Twp. man arrested on simple assault charges is the subject of additional charges after police say he assaulted a cellmate at central booking last month.

York City Police say the victim had numerous injuries to his face, and one of his teeth had been chipped off.

Joshua Kopp

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Joshua Lee Kopp, 36, is accused of assaulting the victim on July 8, court documents state.

Kopp, of the 1100 block of Knightsview Road, is charged with simple assault and aggravated assault.

Alleged incident: According to charging documents filed by Officer Benjamin Praster, Kopp assaulted the man at the county's central booking unit in York City around 3:30 a.m. July 8.

The victim had numerous facial injuries, one of his teeth was chipped off, and he suffered closed nasal and orbital fractures, according to police.

Praster wrote in charging documents that the victim told authorities he could not remember anything that had happened before his arrival at booking.

Deputies at central booking didn't see the incident, and when one of the deputies arrived at the cell, he found the victim injured, charging documents state. Police say everyone else in the cell told deputies they had not seen the fight.

According to court documents, Kopp said the victim had gotten "in his face," and that he warned the victim to back off. When the victim didn't back off, Kopp hit him in the face twice, police said.

At the time of the alleged assault, Kopp had been arrested on simple assault and criminal mischief charges in Lower Windsor Township, according to court documents.

He was taken to booking to be arraigned on the charges that morning, online court records indicate.

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Prior reports: Kopp has a lengthy criminal record. According to online court records, he was criminally charged 13 times since May 2017. Many of the charges are retail theft-related.

In May 2017, York City Police said Kopp crashed into a bank in the first block of West Philadelphia Street. That case is still active.

Kopp's bail was revoked in that case on July 16, online court records state. He has been in prison since July 8. 

Kopp does not have an attorney listed in his latest case. A message left the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 21, for an attorney who is representing him in his other cases was not immediately returned.

Kopp's preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.