Visalia CHP Officer Killed In Las Vegas Carjacking - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Visalia CHP Officer Killed In Las Vegas Carjacking

Posted: Updated:

A carjacking and crash near the Las Vegas strip over the weekend has killed a California Highway Patrol officer based out of Visalia.

Las Vegas Police say two guests were loading their truck in the valet area of the Flamingo Hotel, around 11 a.m. on Sunday, when a man jumped into the driver's side and sped off.

That's when police say the two guests, identified by family members as Jesus Magdaleno and his Brother-in-law Brandon Cruz, jumped into the bed of the truck.

The driver sped through red lights, and ended up crashing into a car, about two miles away, in front of the Rio Hotel. That's when Magdaleno and Cruz were thrown from the bed of the truck.

Magdaleno died on the street.

Cruz was taken to a hospital, in very serious condition.

The driver, and three people in the other car, were also hurt and were taken to local hospitals. They have since been released.

An arrest report released Monday, said the suspect, 29-year-old James Robert Montgomery, of Tustin, Calif., was booked into Clark County Detention Center on a murder charge, as well as two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of robbery, battery and grand larceny auto.

Rio Hotel guest Eric Whitfield watched the crash from his hotel room.

"I would have let them take the car, I wouldn't have pursued him," Whitfield said. "But he's a cop so he was trying to do his job."

Police officers gave Officer Magdaleno a final salute, after they finished processing the scene.

KMPH News has learned Magdaleno had been a California Highway Patrol officer for eight years.

He had been based out of Visalia since 2010.

Fox Affiliate KVVU contributed to this story.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Gasoline Price War in Porterville!

    Gasoline Price War in Porterville!

    There's a gasoline price war in Porterville-- and customers say they are winning!Take for instance, Toby Stone. Healways puts the same dollar amount of gasoline into his SUV: $60."It's kinda depressing. I don't pay attention to the amount of gasoline. I just fill up as much as I can," he said Monday afternoon, as he pumped gas at JJ's Food Mart on Henderson and Prospect.What he didn't expect, was that his dollar stretched further after the owner of the store dropped the price over the weekend...More >>
    There's a gasoline price war in Porterville-- and customers say they are winning!Take for instance, Toby Stone. Healways puts the same dollar amount of gasoline into his SUV: $60."It's kinda depressing. I don't pay attention to the amount of gasoline. I just fill up as much as I can," he said Monday afternoon, as he pumped gas at JJ's Food Mart on Henderson and Prospect.What he didn't expect, was that his dollar stretched further after the owner of the store dropped the price over the weekend...More >>
  • VALLEY DROUGHT 2014: Fresno Business Challenges People To Let Lawns Go Brown

    VALLEY DROUGHT 2014: Fresno Business Challenges People To Let Lawns Go Brown

    Valley Drought 2014 has a Fresno business cutting how much water it uses and it wants others to do the same. To encourage people to save water the company is offering a challenge.
    More >>
    Valley Drought 2014 has a Fresno business cutting how much water it uses and it wants others to do the same. To encourage people to save water the company is offering a challenge.

    More >>
  • SUV Plows Into Office, 7 People Rushed To Hospital

    SUV Plows Into Office, 7 People Rushed To Hospital

    Right now, at least seven people are recovering from injuries after an S.U.V. slammed into a crowded office building in northwest Fresno.It happened near Shaw Forkner Monday afternoon.More >>
    Right now, at least seven people are recovering from injuries after an S.U.V. slammed into a crowded office building in northwest Fresno.It happened near Shaw Forkner Monday afternoon.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.