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Shelter Assault Results in Charges

Police Question How Homeless Man, Woman Got in Offices

A homeless man has been charged with assaulting a homeless woman inside of Good Shepherd Alliance’s headquarters, off of Sycolin Road in Leesburg, in February.

According to police, Isaiah Gant, 42, was arrested Saturday, Feb. 3 and is charged with assault and battery of a 54-year-old woman.

Lt. Jeff Dube, spokesperson for Leesburg Police, said the victim reported that Gant inappropriately touched her on Friday, Feb. 2, at approximately 8:30 p.m., in one of the rooms at Good Shepherd’s headquarters.

Before the incident, Dube said Gant and the woman were waiting at the Good Shepherd Alliance parking lot for a bus to take them to the county’s overnight warming shelter in Lucketts.

The incident has authorities questioning how Gant was able to enter the Leesburg office.

GOOD SHEPHERD Alliance, a Christian organization that serves Loudoun’s homeless population, uses the two-story house as its main office. The facility, which formerly served as a warming shelter, closes at 5 p.m, said Mark Gunderman, vice chairman of Good Shepherd Alliance’s board of directors.

While the offices close at 5 p.m., Gunderman said employees tend to stick around for a little while, but no one was there when Gant and the woman entered the office.

"We have a bus stop where people wait every night in our parking lot," Gunderman said. "So that’s probably the issue."

Gant is being held at the Adult Detention Center in Leesburg awaiting his trial, Dube said.