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Neighbor arrested on charges of kidnapping, raping 13-year-old girl

Updated Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 | 10:46 p.m.

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Joshua Davenport

A 24-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested Saturday on charges of kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old girl, Metro Police said.

According to an arrest report, a mother reported her daughter missing from their apartment at Corner Stone Crossing — located at 6666 West Washington Avenue near Rainbow Boulevard in the western valley — at shortly before midnight on Friday.

The mother had left the apartment about 7:30 p.m. to run an errand, leaving the girl behind to do laundry in the laundry room at the apartment complex, the report said. When the mother returned home 30 minutes later, the girl was missing, the report said.

Officers responded to the scene but were unable to find the girl, the report said. An officer canvassed the apartments and learned the girl was last seen talking to a white man with a bald head and numerous tattoos, the report said.

A tenant led officers to a blue Ford two-door pickup truck that was allegedly driven by the suspect, the report said. An officer was able to determine that the truck was driven by Joshua Davenport, 24, who lives in the same apartment complex as the girl, the report said.

The officer ascertained the location of Davenport's apartment and knocked on his door, but received no answer and heard no one inside, the report said. Officers told the girl's family they did not have enough evidence to enter the apartment and left the scene, the report said.

Family members remained by Davenport's apartment, however, and watched over the door, the report said. About 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, a cousin saw the girl leaving Davenport's apartment, the report said.

The girl — who was crying and appeared to be shaking — reported being kidnapped and sexually assaulted at gunpoint, the report said. The suspect also allegedly threatened to kill the girl and her family, the report said. According to the girl's account, Davenport said, "This bullet will go straight through your head."

The aunt called 911 and reported the incident, the report said. Officers responded to the apartment complex, secured a perimeter and evacuated nearby residents, the report said.

At 5:30 a.m., police officers used a loud speaker to urge Davenport to exit the apartment, the report said. Davenport exited the apartment and was detained without incident, the report said.

There is no listing for Joshua Davenport in the Nevada Sex Offender Registry.

In an interview with Metro’s Sexual Assault detectives, Davenport told police he saw the girl allegedly having an argument with another boy, the report said. Davenport told police he invited the girl into his apartment for about 45 minutes, and then went to bed, telling the girl to leave, the report said.

Davenport said he didn’t hear knocks on his door and added he didn’t wake up until he heard someone on a bullhorn calling him out of his apartment, the report said. Davenport denied kidnapping and having sex with the girl, the report said.

The girl was treated at UMC, where a medical examination found signs of sexual trauma, the report said. A DNA test was ordered on Davenport and the girl, the results of which are pending, the report said.

A search warrant was executed on Davenport’s apartment, the report said. The search found the girl’s clothing in a plastic bag in the corner of Davenport’s bedroom and other evidence consistent with the girl’s story, the report said. Police also found a .22-caliber handgun, the report said.

Davenport was arrested and charged with four counts of sexual assault of a victim under 14 years old, four counts of sexual assault with a deadly weapon, lewdness with a minor, battery with intent to commit sexual assault and kidnapping.

The investigation into the alleged sexual assault is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Metro’s Sexual Assault Detail at 702-828-3421, or — to remain anonymous — Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or crimestoppersofnv.com.

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