UPDATED: $1 million reward in LAPD manhunt for Christopher Dorner

Courtesy Joseph Miller/Twitter

The scene of outside of the Lowe's in Northridge off Nordhoff Stree, where a man matching Christopher Dorner's description may have been spotted

LA Police Shootings

Chris Carlson/AP

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, center, talks about the $1,000,000 reward for accused killer and fired Los Angeles police officer, Christopher Dorner as Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and Irvine, Calif., Mayor Steven Choi look on during a new conference at the Los Angeles police department in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

Dorner Press conference

Erika Aguilar/KPCC

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, and other law enforcement and city officials answer questions about the Christopher Dorner Case at a news conference.

Michael Crain

Courtesy Riverside Police Department

Riverside police officer Michael Crain, who will be laid to rest this week.

Irvine Police Department

Alleged cop killer, ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, from a security camera at an Orange County hotel, Jan. 28, 2013.


Update 6.27 p.m. Dorner in Northridge? Nope.

Authorities were sent to an area near the Northridge Fashion Mall after hearing reports of a man resembling Christopher Jordan Dorner seen there, police said.

The report came in at 3:33 p.m. and the search began at Plummer Street and Corbin Avenue, according to Detective Gus Villanueva of the Los Angeles Police Department.

"The situation is ongoing, and we have resources out there checking out the reports,'' Villanueva said.

There are citizen reports that the Lowe's in Northridge has been evacuated.

The sighting was later proved to be a false alarm.

Update: 1:46 p.m. What we know about Riverside officer Michael Crain

Riverside Police officials identified Michael Crain, 34, as the veteran training officer allegedly killed by Christopher Dorner in an ambush shooting early Thursday.

The former Marine and Redlands native served two tours in Kuwait where he was promoted to sergeant with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines. Crain earned multiple honors during his Marin Corps career, including a rifle marksmanship badge. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and joined the Riverside Police Department in 2001.

Crain served with the Riverside Police Department's SWAT team, and also worked as a firearms instructor and a field training officer.

Crain and another officer were in a patrol car stopped at an intersection when they were shot. Crain died of his wounded; his partner – a trainee officer – was wounded. Riverside Police officials have declined to identify him out of concern for his family's safety.

Crain's funeral is set for Wednesday morning at The Grove Community Church in Riverside. It's the same church where the funeral was held for Ryan Bonaminio, the last Riverside police officer killed in the line of duty. Bonaminio was shot and killed Nov. 7, 2010 as he pursued a man who'd fled from a big rig.

A spokesman from the Riverside police department said Officer Bonaminio’s funeral drew a crowd of 8,000 from the community. He expects the same outpouring of support for Officer Michael Crain. 

Authorities say security will be beefed-up at the funeral. At the family’s request, only one pool TV camera will be allowed to capture the services.

Like Bonaminio, Crain will be interred at the Riverside National Cemetery. He leaves a wife and two children – a 10-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter.

A Riverside Police Department statement posted online describes Crain as a man with “a big heart” who loved spending time with his wife, coaching his son's baseball team, attending his daughter's dance recitals, and tinkering with a classic 1970 Chevy Nova hot rod.

Update: 1:22 p.m. From the news conference announcing $1 million reward

The LAPD and other agencies are going to offer a $1 million reward for the capture of triple murder suspect Christopher Dorner. 

The have also released a tip line: 213-486-6860 or 911 if the public has any information. The FBI stressed that they have offices nationwide, and can answer calls nationally.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stressed his support and pride for the work law enforcement agencies have done to date and said it is a matter of time before Dorner is caught.

"We will not tolerate this reign of terror," he said.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the reward is the largest local reward to date and came together easily with an outpouring support of individual donors, in addition to help from employee agencies statewide.

“This is an act of domestic terrorism,” Beck said. “We value our law enforcement family. That’s why the reward is so significant.” 

Beck said large donations came from the Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union. 

In all, the LAPD listed 29 donors that contributed. They include USC President Max Nikias, the Dodgers, AEG, the Long Beach Irvine, Riverside and San Diego police departments and several other law enforcement agencies. 

Chief Beck said his wife gave him the idea to raise the hefty $1 million reward. He said it was done within 24 hours and he thanked the private donors including the six anonymous ones.   

"They didn't have to be asked," he said in regard to private donors. "They called and demanded to be included."

An LAPD spokesman after the press conference said the department was able to collect a little more than a million dollars, ‘so we have a little bit of a cushion.” 

LA County Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Mark Ridley-Thomas have also introduced a motion to add $100,000 to the reward pot. Antonovich said a Riverside County supervisor called his office yesterday about the effort to collect a million dollar reward fund. 

“Everything that we can do in our best effort is to bring him to justice and a large reward will get that public attention that this deranged killer needs to be stopped,” Antonovich said.  

Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Villaraigosa kept with the refrain of not if, but when Dorner will be caught.

"We will capture Dorner we will bring him to justice," he said.

Despite the refrain, Beck said they have no new information on the case.

There may be information not released because of police concern that Dorner is monitoring media events.

The other main information released at the conference was the name of the slain Riverside police officer who will be laid to rest Wednesday. Michael Crane, 34, was a 11-year oficer and a veteran of the Marine Corps. 

Update: 11:21 a.m. Business as usual on the slopes at Bear Mountain

The ski resorts in Big Bear are open for business despite the ongoing manhunt for the triple murder suspect.

Los Angeles Newspaper Group reporter Beatriz Valenzuela said the parking lot at Bear Mountain ski resort is almost completely full.

“We spoke to a snow boarder from San Clemente who came up here and said he was not deterred at all by the manhunt going on. He said he was going to enjoy his day,” Valenzuela said.

PREVIOUSLY:

The mayors from Los Angeles, Riverside and Irvine, as well as the police chiefs from those cities and other law enforcement officials, plan to announce a reward for the capture and conviction of suspected killer Christopher Dorner.

The reward, complied from contributions from various sources including government money, private groups and anonymous donors, could total $1 million or more.

Two Los Angeles County supervisors also say they'll introduce a motion this week to offer a $100,000 reward for Dorner's arrest. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Mike Antonovich will ask their colleagues to support the reward offer at Tuesday's meeting, a spokesman told City News Service.

The 1:00 p.m. news conference with the mayors and police officials at LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles comes a week after the discovery of two bodies in Irvine that authorities say were Dorner's first two victims in an apparent revenge killing spree prompted by his dismissal from the LAPD four years ago.

Dorner, 33, is also suspected of killing a Riverside police officer Thursday. The officer's funeral is planned for Wednesday.

The news conference will also give LAPD Chief Charlie Beck a chance to answer questions about the reasons he decided the department would re-examine Dorner's allegations by Dorner that his law enforcement career was undone by racist colleagues.

While he promised to hear out Dorner if he surrenders, Beck stressed he was ordering a review of his 2007 case because he takes the allegation of racism in his department seriously.

"I do this not to appease a murderer. I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do," the chief said in a statement.

A fourth day in the snow

The news conference also comes as the search through the snowy San Bernardino Mountains plods on for a fourth day. Dorner's truck was found abandoned and burned Thursday afternoon along a fire road near ski resorts in Big Bear.

A brief snowstorm slowed but didn't stop the search on Friday. Clearing skies on Saturday allowed the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department to use helicopters with heat-seeking imaging technology in the search.

Officials reduced the number of searchers on Saturday from 125 to 50, but have not said if the search is drawing to an unsuccessful close.

The reward expected to be announced today is aimed at encouraging the public to provide more leads in the search for Dorner.

Investigators from several law enforcement agencies have already uncovered valuable clues about the movements of the ex-cop and Navy veteran before the killings began.

A surveillance camera behind an auto parts store across the street from the National City Police Department recorded Dorner stepping out of his truck and tossing various items in a trash cans; those items – which included a clip of ammunition – were recovered and turned over to investigators.

Another surveillance camera at an Orange County motel recorded images of Dorner; they're the most recent closeup shots of Dorner that authorities have.

Investigators have also recovered items – including a computer — in searches of Dorner's mother's home in La Palma and a storage unit in Buena Park.

The burned-out shell of Dorner's Nissan truck has also provided investigators with a wealth of evidence, including two AR-15 military-style assault rifles, a Glock pistol, a cot, a camp stove and propane.

Police say a broken axle had disabled the truck. Investigators are still trying to determine whether Dorner set the vehicle on fire, or whether damage to the truck is the reason it began to burn.

More in Local

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus