L.A. Fugitive: 5 Updates in the Hunt for Christopher Dorner

11:45 AM PST 02/08/2013 by THR Staff
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The trail runs cold as what is thought to be the suspect's vehicle is found burning in Big Bear.

The massive manhunt for former LAPD officer turned revenge-bent cop-hunter Christopher Dorner continues for a second day in one of the most sensational fugitive sagas in years. Dorner, 33, stands accused of killing three people, one a police officer, and wounding two others in cold blood. A rambling manifesto posted to his Facebook page, in which he pledged to stalk police "where you work, live, eat, and sleep" while professing his admiration for stars like Ellen DeGeneres and Piers Morgan, is the only clue as to where he may strike next.

Here now are five updates in the shocking case that has the country transfixed.

1. Race to the Mountains

A burning Nissan Titan truck thought to belong to Dorner was discovered in Big Bear, 100 northeast of Los Angeles, taking the manhunt there. Local schools and the Bear Mountain Resort were shut down as SWAT teams flooded the area, the Los Angeles Times reports, and 125 officers went door-to-door in search of the fugitive. They were confident he was trapped, but Friday morning there was still no sign of him. The search could be further hampered by snow, which is currently falling over the ski area.

2. Escape Attempt to Mexico

Dorner is suspected of having killed Monica Quan, an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, both of whom were found shot to death in a parking garage of an upscale condominium in Irvine, Calif. on Sunday. Dorner is thought to have held a man up at gunpoint in Point Loma, San Diego, at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The elderly man was tied up and told by the perpetrator, who matched Dorner's description, that he wanted to escape to Mexico. He tried to then commandeer the boat, but a rope got caught in its propeller and he gave up and fled on foot. His police badge was found near the scene of the crime.

3. A "Cowardly Ambush"

It was minutes after that incident that two police officers in Riverside, Orange County, were fired at as they sat in a patrol car idling at a red light. Bullets crashed through their windshield and struck both of them in the chest. A 34-year vet was killed at the scene, and the 27-year-old rookie he was training was seriously injured, but expected to survive. Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz called the attack a "cowardly ambush."

4. Mother and Daughter Shot

Jittery police found a truck that matched Dorner's in Torrance on Thursday morning at 5:20 a.m., and shot it multiple times. The truck belonged to an innocent mother and daughter who deliver the Los Angeles Times, however. The mother, in her late 70s, was shot in the shoulder and is listed in stable condition. The daughter incurred injuries only from shattered glass. Another truck, also not belonging to Dorner, was shot up 25 minutes after that, with no injuries reported.

5. Sightings Mount

The Twin Towers county jail in downtown L.A. was locked down Friday morning after an employee reported seeing someone entering the building who resembled Dorner. "Out of a preponderance of caution, we have locked down the jails and closed the street," said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Sheriff's Department. Dorner wasn't found, and it remains unclear who the man was. It could have been a contractor or another jail employee. And another reported sighting in San Diego on Thursday night that resulted in a six-hour search has turned out to be a hoax. 

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