Las Vegas man accused of kidnapping, raping 13-year-old neighbor


A 24-year-old man was arrested last week on suspicion of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl at gunpoint and raping her before she escaped his apartment several hours later, according to a Las Vegas police report released Monday.

Police said Joshua Davenport was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Saturday after kidnapping the girl at the Cornerstone Crossings Apartments, 6666 W. Washington Ave., near Rainbow Boulevard. Both the teenage girl and Davenport lived at the complex.

Davenport, who is being held without bail, faces several recommended charges including four counts of sexual assault with a victim under 14, four counts of sexual assault with a deadly weapon, lewdness with a minor and battery with intent to commit sexual assault and kidnapping.

According to the report, Davenport abducted the girl while she was in the complex's laundry facility Friday night. She was last seen by her mother about 7:30 p.m. that night. The girl's mother left to run errands, and when she returned, her daughter was gone. The girl was reported missing shortly before midnight Friday.

The report said Davenport was violent and authoritative when he kidnapped the girl. Davenport "grabbed her by the neck and pointed a gun at her telling her she was going with him to his apartment," the report said.

Once inside the apartment, Davenport played music loudly to cover up any sounds, the report said. He also demanded the girl take a shower and forced her to swallow several pink pills.

The report said the girl described Davenport as having a devil's face tattoo on the top of his bald head and a swastika tattoo on his stomach.

The report said after the girl took a shower, Davenport took her clothes and put them in a plastic bag inside his bedroom. He gave the child a black T-shirt and black boxer shorts to wear.

Davenport drank tequila at his apartment and tried to force the girl to do so as well, the report said. Davenport also made claims that he worked for the FBI.

After being called to the complex, police quickly learned that the girl was last seen with Davenport. An officer went to Davenport's apartment and knocked on the door but got no answer. When this occurred, Davenport made the girl go into the bathroom. The officer left because he "did not have enough to enter the apartment," the report said.

At one point, Davenport forced the girl into his bedroom at gunpoint, the report said. He threatened her, saying "this bullet will go through your head," the report said. He raped her, according to the report. The girl made her escape about 2:30 a.m. when the suspect fell asleep.

The girl's aunt saw her run out of Davenport's apartment in a frenzied state. At 5:30 a.m. Saturday, police used a bullhorn to ask the occupants of Davenport's apartment to exit. He complied and was arrested.

The victim told her story to police. She was given a sexual assault examination at University Medical Center, and there were signs of sexual trauma and signs that the girl had recently had sex.

When police searched Davenport's apartment, the description of his bedroom matched the description the girl had given them. They also located unopened pink pills described as allergy medicine in a trash can. The child's clothes were found in a plastic bag in the corner of Davenport's bedroom.

When police spoke with him, Davenport said he allowed the girl into his home to use a phone after he noticed she was arguing with her boyfriend. He said the boyfriend left, but the girl decided to stay, even when he asked her to leave. He said he then went to sleep and didn't wake up until he heard the bullhorn.

When police confronted Davenport with the child's accusations, he denied kidnapping her at gunpoint or having sex with her.

Police conducted multiple swab tests on Davenport.

Davenport is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Contact reporter Antonio Planas at aplanas@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638.

 

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