Dorner manhunt: Big Bear condo window shows sign of forced entry
A screen removed from a sliding glass window was the only sign of forced entry Wednesday at the Mountain Vista Resort condominium where police say Christopher Dorner broke in and tied up two members of a cleaning crew.
The screen sat in a foot of snow and rested against the back wall of Unit 203. The left-hand corner of the window frame bore a deep mark, as though some kind of tool had been used to pry the screen free of the frame.
Two members of a house-cleaning crew, who have been described by some law enforcement officers as maids, entered the condominium Tuesday morning. Inside, they found a man they said resembled the fugitive, a law enforcement official said. The man tied up the house cleaners, then took off in a purple Nissan parked near the cabin, authorities said.
One of the workers broke free and called 911 after Dorner left, officials said. The phone call kicked off a day of searching and sightings that resulted in Dorner and law enforcement trading gunfire at a single-story, multi-room cabin nearby later Tuesday, officials said.
The brown, unassuming three-story condo overlooks the command post and staging area where members of the media had gathered for manhunt updates. It is next to Bear Mountain Ski & Golf Resort.
-- Louis Sahagun in Big Bear
Photo: Sheriff's crime scene tape near Unit 203 at Mountain Vista Resort in Big Bear Lake where fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner allegedly hid from law enforcement. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times