Man accused in fatal Strip carjack case appears in court - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

Man accused in fatal Strip carjack case appears in court

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James Montgomery, seen in his booking photo after the Aug. 18 alleged carjacking. (LVMPD) James Montgomery, seen in his booking photo after the Aug. 18 alleged carjacking. (LVMPD)
CHP Officer Jesus Magdaleno, left, and Felix Brandon Cruz. (Source: CHP/Cruz family) CHP Officer Jesus Magdaleno, left, and Felix Brandon Cruz. (Source: CHP/Cruz family)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The man accused of taking a pick-up truck and causing a crash that killed a California Highway Patrol trooper near the Las Vegas Strip was appeared in court Friday.

James Montgomery, 29, was charged with murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of robbery, battery and grand larceny auto.

Montgomery's counsel requested more time on the case, prompting a delayed court date for Nov. 4.

Las Vegas Metro police said the charges were in connection to an Aug. 18 carjacking at the Flamingo hotel-casino, which resulted in the deaths of CHP Officer Jesus Magdaleno and his brother-in-law Brandon Cruz.

According to police documents, Montgomery was identified as the person behind the wheel of the pickup that crashed at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Valley View Boulevard. The arrest report stated two men in the bed of the pickup, Magdaleno and Cruz, were ejected in the crash.

Police said Montgomery had taken the truck in the Flamingo valet area while Magdaleno and Cruz were loading it. Cruz was in the bed of the truck when Montgomery fled, with the CHP officer running after it, police said.

Once the truck slowed, Magdaleno got into the bed of the vehicle and started identifying himself as an officer, police said.

Police said the truck was seen speeding through westbound Flamingo Road, blowing through red lights in the process. It wasn't until the crash that the truck came to a stop.

Magdaleno died at the scene while Cruz was transported to University Medical Center. He died a day after the crash.

In police documents, Montgomery, who was being treated at the hospital for injuries, told officers he didn't remember what exactly happened except for the crash.

Montgomery was being held at Clark County Detention Center.

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