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UPDATE: Man facing lewdness charges in Target bathroom case

Posted: 1:49 PM, Feb 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-09 23:46:02Z
Man sought after boy unable to leave bathroom
Man sought after boy unable to leave bathroom

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."

ORIGINAL STORY

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.