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Man arrested for lewdness, kidnap charges near Summerlin school

Updated February 2, 2024 - 8:12 am

Las Vegas police arrested a 27-year-old man on multiple lewdness and kidnapping charges Tuesday and are searching for possible additional victims.

Nicholas Donovan was apprehended by police about 9 a.m. after Metropolitan Police Department dispatch received a report of a suspicious male approaching juveniles on the 700 block of Crestdale Lane in Summerlin.

The address is close to John W.Bonner Elementary School.

Officers learned that Donovan forcefully grabbed at least one child and inappropriately touched them and had attempted to lure several others by seeking their help, according to a police news release.

Donovan has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center on multiple felony charges that include lewdness with a child less than 14, coercion with force and kidnapping of a minor.

A police report released Thursday showed Donovan had previous arrests for lewdness of a child under the age of 14 and luring a child. The report said children walking to the school reported that Donovan had been attempting to make friends with them and they did not know him.

Police interviews with several children who Donovan approached indicate they were able to avoid his “pleas for help” as they walked to the school. However, Donovan forcefully grabbed the faces of a twin brother and sister and tried to put his index finger inside their mouths. The boy was able to escape while the girl bit his finger in order to get free and get to the school.

Police believe there may be more victims.

Donovan previously faced lewdness, luring and kidnapping charges in 2018 in connection with a 2017 incident where he allegedly trapped a boy in a Target bathroom. He pleaded guilty in a separate case to one count of felony child abuse and was placed on probation.

Anyone who may have been a victim or has information about these crimes is urged to contact the Summerlin Area Command, Patrol Investigation Section at 702-828-9457. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555, or go to crimestoppersofnv.com.

Contact Marvin Clemons at mclemons@reviewjournal.com.

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