Las Vegas Metro Police arrested the Nevada state leader of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), Josh Davenport, 24, on August 11 on charges of kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old girl. Police investigating a missing child report were led to Davenport’s nearby apartment, but left when no one answered their knocks. However, members of the kidnapped girl’s family subsequently surveilled the apartment and later in the night allegedly saw the crying girl leaving his apartment. They called the police again, who returned and arrested Davenport without incident.
According to police, the victim said she had been sexually assaulted at gunpoint and the suspect had threatened to kill the girl and her family. Davenport reportedly told police that he saw the girl having an argument with another boy, then invited her into his apartment for a short time before telling her to leave. He denied kidnapping or having sex with the victim. A subsequent medical examination found signs of sexual trauma on the victim, while a search of Davenport’s apartment allegedly found items of the victim’s clothing in a bag in Davenport’s bedroom.
Davenport was charged with four counts of sexual assault on a victim under 14, four counts of sexual assault with a deadly weapon, lewdness with a minor, kidnapping, and battery with intent to commit sexual assault. He has had a previous history of violence towards women. In 2010, following an incident with his then-girlfriend, he pleaded guilty to attempt to commit battery constituting domestic violence by strangulation. He received a suspended 12-month sentence and two years of probation. As recently as July 16, Davenport posted to his Facebook profile that “Half the time when i see a hot chick i wanna ask her out to dinner. And the other half time i just want to see what their heads would look like on a stick.”
Davenport has been an active member of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement since 2007. He has been the group’s Nevada state leader since 2011. During this time, Davenport organized or participated in numerous NSM events in Nevada, Arizona and California, including a number of anti-immigration events, such as a June 2011 NSM protest dubbed “Reclaim the Southwest” held outside a Las Vegas nursery to protest day laborers.
Davenport is heavily tattooed, with many tattoos depicting occult subjects or hate symbols. Among his tattoos are several swastikas, the white supremacist version of the Celtic Cross, a Sturmabteilung symbol (the Sturmabteilung, or SA, were Hitler’s stormtroopers), a 14/88 (a white supremacist tattoo combining the number 14, which is code for a popular white supremacist slogan, with the number 88, which is code for “Heil Hitler”), SS bolts, the phrase “white power,” a Totenkopf skull, and the SS slogan “Meine Ehre Heisst Treue” (“My Honor Is Loyalty”), among others.