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Dorner captives stake claim to $1.2-million reward

March 21, 2013 |  1:09 pm

The Big Bear couple tied up and held captive by ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner are staking their claim to the $1.2-million reward offered for his capture.

In letters sent to the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, an attorney for Karen and Jim Reynolds says the couple’s phone call to police after Dorner fled in their car was the “only information provided to law enforcement” that led to the end of the manhunt.

Dorner was tracked to Big Bear, where he holed up in the Reynolds’ home. He tied them up and stole their car. He crashed it and carjacked another man, Rick Heltebrake, and was eventually chased by authorities to a cabin, where he shot himself as sheriff’s deputies closed in and the cabin burned to the ground.

PHOTOS: Manhunt for ex-LAPD officer

Dorner was wanted for killing an Irvine couple and two law enforcement officers and wounding others in a nine-day rampage across five Southern California counties, for the sake of revenge. Dorner said in a manifesto police believe he posted online that he wanted to clear his name and hunt down those responsible for his firing from the LAPD.

Heltebrake also has filed a claim for the reward. The Reynolds claim in their document that Heltebrake has no right to the reward and that it should be theirs alone.

More than two dozen donors -– including local governments, police departments, civic organizations, private groups and individuals -– contributed money for information leading to Dorner’s arrest or capture.

FULL COVERAGE: Sweeping manhunt for ex-cop

It’s unclear if or when the money would be given out. More than 20 jurisdictions and entities are involved so any decision would have to be collectively approved.

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