Dorner manhunt: Big Bear-area residents asked to check cameras
Authorities are asking residents in the Big Bear area to check their home surveillance cameras for any sign of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner.A newly formed joint task force asked residents in Big Bear, Moonridge, Sugarloaf, Bluff Lake, Janks Lake, Angelus Oaks and Converse Flats with security cameras at their homes to review any video recorded after midnight Feb. 7 to see if it captured an image of Dorner.
Anyone with possible information about the suspect is asked to call (213) 486-6860 or (800) 222-8477.
Local, state and federal agencies have spent days chasing clues about Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer and Navy Reserve lieutenant suspected of fatally shooting three people and wounding two others.
The search centered on Big Bear after Dorner's burning truck was found Thursday on a forest road and included cabin-by-cabin checks. A scaled-back search continued Monday morning with about 30 officers searching vacation homes and cabins in "an even more remote area," the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court raises the possibility Dorner may have been assisted by "a known associate," identified only as "J.Y." The document says investigators were watching a property last Thursday in the San Bernardino Mountains owned by one of J.Y's family members, near where Dorner's truck was discovered.
The criminal complaint, filed late last week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, does not detail the exact relationship between J.Y. and Dorner.
Dorner allegedly threatened "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against police in a lengthy manifesto that authorities say he posted on Facebook. The posting named dozens of potential targets, including police officers, that Dorner allegedly threatened to attack, according to authorities.
The court records state the manifesto was discovered by authorities Wednesday, three days after the slaying of an Irvine couple, Monica Quan, a Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, a USC public safety officer.
Quan was the daughter of a retired LAPD captain whom Dorner allegedly blamed in part for his firing from the force in 2009.
The federal documents also provide new details on Dorner's two alleged attacks early Thursday on officers in Riverside County.
The first shooting occurred in Corona after an eyewitness reported a person matching Dorner's description at a gas station to an LAPD officer who was in the area to protect one of the officials Dorner had threatened, according to the court records.
"When the officer drove by the gas station, the suspect exited his vehicle and fired an assault rifle at the officer, hitting the officer's vehicle," according to the court records.
The LAPD later said the officer received a grazing wound.
About 30 minutes later, Dorner opened fire on two Riverside police officers who were in the area searching for Dorner, the court documents said. That contradicts a statement provided to the media by Riverside police officials just after the attack that said the officers were stopped at a red light and were not looking for Dorner.
A $1-million reward has been offered for information leading to Dorner's capture and arrest. Los Angeles police said 800 tips poured in Monday, a day after the reward was announced.
— Kate Mather, Robert J. Lopez and Andrew Blankstein