Man who crashed truck into Stratosphere commits suicide

The man police say crashed his truck into the front entrance of the Stratosphere last week killed himself a day after being released from jail.

Ryan Brown, 40, of Fortville, Ind., was on a six-day drug bender Sept. 10 when he crashed a 2004 Ford F-150 through the casino’s glass front doors, Las Vegas police said.

Brown was released from jail Monday after prosecutors said they needed more time to prepare a case against him. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen released Brown and set an Oct. 15 hearing in the case.

Police say Brown was found dead Tuesday in a hotel room at the Rio. Brown’s cause of death was hanging, the Clark County coroner’s office said. His death was ruled a suicide.

Contact Kimber Laux at or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @lauxkimber.

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