UPDATE: Man in Target bathroom case had history of lewdness with children

UPDATE ON FEB. 15: An arrest report reveals that Nicholas Donovan had a history of lewdness with children before the incident at Target on Black Friday.

According to the report, Donovan was already under house arrest when he was initially identified as the person of interest in this case. The house arrest was for lewdness with a child under 18 and for luring a child to engage in sexual conduct. He had been under house arrest since January 2018.

The arrest report also detailed a pattern of suspicious behavior from Donovan at the Target where the Black Friday incident took place. One staff member recognized him from an incident in August 2017. The employee claimed that Donovan was seen talking to a girl that was about 5 years old. As Donovan tried to get closer to the girl, the father came around the corner and confronted him. Donovan walked off. A police report was not filed.

Another employee told police that Donovan would often wander around the store alone. He was periodically seen talking to strangers, and would sometimes hug them.

UPDATE ON FEB. 9: 21-year-old Nicholas Donovan was identified as the person of interest in this case. Detectives found him on Feb. 8 and eventually arrested him on one count of lewdness with a child under 14.

Attorney Gary Guymon told The Associated Press on Friday that Donovan has been in treatment since a young age and "will continue to be treated all his life for his mental disabilities."


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police are continuing to look for a man who allegedly wouldn't let a boy leave the bathroom at Target on Black Friday.

Around 10 p.m. Nov. 24, a family was shopping inside of the store located near the intersection of Charleston and Rampart boulevards. While in the building, police said a boy went inside of the restroom and was in there for some time. 

When a family member was about to go and check on the boy, the child came out and the family exited the store. As they were leaving, the boy disclosed to a parent that a man had detained him in the restroom and would not allow him to leave, police said. The family went back into the store and reported the incident to employees, but the man was not found. 

On Nov. 27, the incident was reported to Las Vegas police, and detectives with the Sexual Assault Section were later able to obtain still photos of the person of interest.

The person of interest was described as between the ages of 30 and 37. He was about 5’6” tall, had a medium build, dark hair and scruffy facial hair. He has been seen on more than one occasion wearing a blue baseball hat.

Target released a statement regarding the incident:

"Our commitment to a safe and secure shopping environment for guests is a top priority at Target. We have been cooperating with law enforcement on this investigation, including providing security footage, and will continue to assist them in any way we can be helpful."

Anyone with any information about the identity or whereabouts of the person of interest is urged to contact the Las Vegas police Sexual Assault Section at 702-828-3421. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555.

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