Though he lived only half a mile from the command center, deputies never knocked on the door
of Jim Rose’s house looking for Christopher Dorner, Rose told The
Times on Wednesday.
“One friend said, ‘OK, so much for the inspection,' ” Rose, 78,
As it turned out, wanted murder suspect Christopher Dorner
appears to have been hiding in plain sight, just a five-minute walk from where law enforcement
officials from multiple agencies had centered their search
operation for the ex-LAPD officer.
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More than 200 officers were involved the first night.
Sheriff’s department officials said the search included more than 600 cabins
over eight square miles.
It apparently did not include Rose's neighborhood,
which it turns out, may have been where Dorner was hiding all along. The
circumstance is reminiscent of the government’s search for Whitey Bulger, who
was hiding under federal agents’ noses when he was captured.
as I could tell, they did about as good as they could do," said Otis Farry, whose home is on Club View Drive. "Who would've known?"
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Farry's home abuts the Big Bear Lake golf course, which is across the street from the neighborhood that rises into the forest.
“I figured he was back in the woods somewhere, but the guy was right across
the street,” said Bruce Doucett, 55, a certified public accountant who lives in the same condominium complex as the unit where Dorner was
said to be hiding. “All I can say is that it’s a bit unnerving.”
Doucett said the condo in question had been vacant and clean since Thursday,
the last time a tenant was there for a vacation rental.
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Authorities aren't sure how long Dorner might have been in
the condo. But Carl Macon, 53, said it was unsettling to know he walked his dog
by the condo every day. He described Dorner's alleged acts as "something
out of a suspense book."
Macon said his house has been tense, despite a visit by a
SWAT team Thursday night as part of the cabin checks. Despite rumors Dorner
might have left the mountain, Macon said he thought chances were good the
fugitive had stayed — a lot of people he knew were on their toes.
But now, Macon said, it's "time to chill."
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“Time to crack open the champagne,” he said.