Vegas ‘Hero’ Guard Headed to Urgent-Care Clinic Before Vanishing
The Mandalay Bay security guard who abruptly canceled five interviews last week was reportedly heading to an urgent-care clinic before he vanished, according to his union president, Fox News reports.
Jesus Campos was shot in the leg by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock on Oct. 1 and hailed as a hero. He was set to break his silence in several television interviews on Thursday, Oct. 12, last week, including one with Sean Hannity on Fox News.
The president of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA), David Hickey, says that he received a text the night before the interviews which said that Campos was headed to a UMC Quick Care center. It is unclear who sent that text or where it came from.
None of the eight Quick Care locations in the Las Vegas area heard from Campos that night, according to a spokesperson for the company.
Fox requested a comment from SPFPA several times, but none were returned as of Monday.
Hickey was meeting with MGM officials on Thursday afternoon shortly before Campos was scheduled to go on the air. When Hickey came out of the meeting, Campos was nowhere to be found.
“For the past four days he’s been preparing,” Hickey told Fox 5 Vegas. “We had a meeting with MGM officials, and after that meeting was over, we talked about the interviews, we went to a private area, and when we came out, Mr. Campos was gone.”
According to Hickey, Campos wanted to go on the air to tell his side of the story and move on from the Las Vegas massacre investigation.
According to the latest police timeline, Campos was shot shortly before Paddock pointed a gun from the 32nd-floor window at the crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival and fired, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds.
The police timeline has changed several times over the past two weeks and Campos is at the center of the changes. In the initial timeline, police claimed that Campos drew fire from Paddock well after the gunman had started to fire on the crowd, effectively stopping the shooting. It was this timeline that led to Campos being hailed a hero.
Campos was last photographed receiving an award from his union at a high-end steakhouse on Oct. 10. He is seen wearing a skin-colored bandage on his right temple. In all three of the staged photos, Campos does not appear to smile.
The “SPFPA Hero Award” was given to Campos for his bravery, but the timeline shifted since he received it, raising questions on whether hotel security and police could have stopped the shooter sooner.
“Right now I’m just concerned where my member is, and what his condition is. It’s highly unusual,” Hickey said Friday. “I’m hoping everything is OK with him and I’m sure MGM or the union will let (media) know when we hear something,” he said.