Some may call it a conspiracy, other may just call it a coincidence. Call it whatever you want, but it certainly is strange that Jesus Campos, the security guard from the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas who went missing just prior to a television interview, still hasn’t been seen.
Campos took himself to a walk-in health clinic after he was shot by Stephen Paddock just before the crazed gunman killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on October 1. According to David Hickey of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA), he received a text on Thursday night stating that Campos was being taken to a UMC Quick Care facility, although Hickey would not divulge the origin of the text.
UMC Quick Care have eight different facilities around the Las Vegas area, however, they said in a statement on Friday that they had “heard nothing” about Campos and have not replied to any requests to elaborate on their comments since. Hickey, on the other hand, claims he was meeting MGM officials just prior to Campos’ scheduled television appearances, but when the meeting ended, Campos had fled.
“For the past four days he’s been preparing … 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,” Hickey told reporters. Hickey also claims that Campos had requested to go public with his story so he could move on from the horrible events of that fateful Sunday night.
Although the sequence of events is still disputed, police say that Campos was shot by Paddock six minutes before he opened fire on the crowd from his room in the Mandalay Bay hotel before finally turning the gun on himself. Campos was last photographed in public proudly accepting his “SPFPA Hero Award” for bravery in the line of duty on October 10 while dining with Hickey, among others, at a high-end Vegas steakhouse.
Before he vanished, Hickey claims that Campos was looking forward to telling his side of the story. “Right now I’m just concerned where my member is, and what his condition is. It’s highly unusual,” Hickey said on Friday. “I’m hoping everything is okay with him and I’m sure MGM or the union will let (the media) know when we hear something.”