LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police released more information regarding the arrest of a Las Vegas man who allegedly was in possession of a molotov cocktail during a protest in May. Police say Lavaughnte Nester was arrested after throwing rocks at police during a protest near Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street.
The arrest happened on the night of May 31 during a protest related to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd was killed while in police custody.
Nester was taken into custody on for the crime of “assault on a protected person with a deadly weapon.”
After searching Nester’s person, police found a lighter inside his backpack, along with a Sunkist bottle full of kerosene that was secured with an elastic band. Police believed the item to be a molotov cocktail.
Nester was then booked on the additional charge of “unlawful possession, manufacture, or disposition of explosive or incendiary device.”