Vegas carjacking suspect holds CA arrest recordPosted: Updated:
A suspect of a carjacking that resulted in the death of a California Highway Patrol officer told police he had no recollection of taking a pick-up truck at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.
According to an arrest report released Monday, the suspect, James Robert Montgomery, 29, of Tustin, CA, was booked into Clark County Detention Center in absentia on a murder charge, as well as two counts of first degree kidnapping, two counts of robbery, battery and grand larceny auto.
According to Metro, detectives identified Montgomery as the person behind the wheel of a pick-up truck that crashed Sunday at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Valley View Boulevard at about 11 a.m. The arrest report stated two men in the bed of the pick-up were ejected in the crash, killing one of them.
The report stated the man who died is Jesus Magdaleno, 33. The other victim was identified in the report as 31-year-old Brandon Cruz.
Citing multiple witnesses, the arrest report identified the pick-up as one that was taken in the valet area of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino.
The arrest report said surveillance cameras captured Cruz and Magdaleno loading the pick-up, which was running with the driver's door open, with Cruz in the bed of the truck. Family members told police, in the report, they were checking out of the hotel at the time.
At the same time, as stated in the arrest report, cameras captured Montgomery leaving another vehicle after an apparent argument with people inside the car.
Montgomery then is seen on surveillance cameras walking into the truck and starting to move the vehicle with Cruz in the back, according to the arrest report.
Cruz, in the report, screamed for help when the vehicle was driving off. Magdaleno followed on foot, screaming for the driver to stop and identifying himself as a CHP officer, the report states.
Magdaleno, in the report, was able to get in the bed of truck when the driver stopped for traffic at Audrie Avenue and Flamingo.
Citing witnesses, the report states the vehicle traveled westbound on Flamingo at a high-rate of speed, passing through three red lights without braking.
One witnesses who saw the pick-up from the 17th floor of the Bally's hotel-casino told police, in the report, the men in the bed of the vehicle were "screaming for help" and "it looked like they were in trouble."
It wasn't until the intersection near the Rio hotel-casino that the truck stopped after being struck by a van turning left on to northbound Valley View, the arrest report said. The collision caused the truck to slide into a traffic pole, ejecting both Cruz and Magdaleno from the bed.
Magdaleno died at the scene while Cruz was rushed to University Medical Center with severe blunt force head injuries.
In an interview at the hospital, Montgomery, who was also being treated for injuries, told police, in the report, he did not remember what exactly happened except for the car crash. Montgomery, as stated in the report, remembered walking around the Flamingo property before the alleged incident but did not know why he was there.
Three other people in the van were also treated at the hospital but were released.
KMPH-TV in Fresno, CA reported Montgomery had been arrested in Madera County in 2009 on a no-bail warrant for driving under the influence out of Santa Clara County.
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