Man with Ax Kills Baby, Injures 2 in Vegas

February 17th, 2010 by

(CBS/ AP) Las Vegas police say an ax attack that killed a 4-month-old boy in a stroller and left his mother critically injured appeared to be a random act.

Police say they don’t think 33-year-old Harold E. Montagu knew the woman and the child attacked just before noon Thursday on a residential street several blocks east of the Stratosphere hotel-casino.

Police say the woman was hospitalized in critical condition after Montague ran out of a house and hit her and the boy with a hatchet or small ax.

A woman named Teresa, who lives across the street, told CBS affiliate KLAS that she watched Montagu kill the infant and bludgeon the child’s mother with the ax.

“It was a look of pure evil,” Teresa told the station. “I just saw a man beating a woman. I thought he was beating her with a golf club. I came out and told him to stop. I was calling 911, and I realized it was a hatchet… He started hacking on her again. I said, ‘Stop that right now.’ He ran in the house.”

Police found another woman with stab wounds in a rear bedroom of the home, where police say Montague was living. She was hospitalized in stable condition.

Police say Montague tried to attack a police officer before he was arrested. The officer received minor injuries.

Police say Montagu stabbed the female inside the house first, and then ran outside and attacked the woman pushing the stroller. Police do not know if the suspect is related to the woman inside the house, KLAS reports.
“We have not confirmed any history of mental illness or any history of mental illness at this address or anything of that nature, but we are looking into that and we have to interview subjects that were out there — witnesses, neighbors, things like that,” said Metro Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts.

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