Las Vegas Sun

March 18, 2019

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Police: Man pretending to be cop threatens victims into sex acts

Editor's note: The suspect in this story, Jesus Carvajal, was cleared in this case after his wrongful incarceration. Police arrested Tommy Provost, 34, and accused him of the crimes instead.


An armed man who was impersonating a police officer coerced at least four victims into sexual acts in downtown Las Vegas, Metro Police said.

The alleged perpetrator, Jesus Carvajal, 34, who carried a gun, a badge, a knife, handcuffs and a radio, was arrested Thursday, police said. The investigation began in late June.

Carvajal would drive up to the victims and discuss “a price for a sexual act,” later identifying himself as an undercover officer, police said. Once inside his vehicle, he would threaten the victims with jail if they didn’t “perform sexual acts he requested.”

Instead, it’s Carvajal who was jailed on counts, including sexual assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and impersonating an officer, police said. He is being held without bond at the Clark County Detention Center.

It wasn’t clear when Carvajal was identified as a suspect or how his arrest occurred.

Police said there may be additional persons who have been victimized by Carvajal. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 702-828-3455. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or