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How Did Police Overlook Dorner's Hideout Yards Away?

How Did Police Overlook Dorner's Hideout Yards Away?


Airdate: 02/14/2013

Controversy is raging in the aftermath of the dramatic police shoot-out with rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

Questions are being raised about how Dorner hid out for five days right under the noses of the police, watching their every move from a vacant condo close to the police command post.

Dorner was discovered when owners Karen and Jim Reynolds arrived to clean their condo.

Jim said, "Karen screamed and started running, and he ran after her. He caught her...on the staircase and brought her back. He made us put our hands behind our back and tied our hands. Then made us get up and go to the back bedroom."

INSIDE EDITION caught up with Reynolds. He said he is still traumatized, "You constantly keep hearing noises and look behind you. Yes, and emotion keeps welling up."

He said he watched the shootout unfold with a sense of relief.

"I'm still afraid he might come back," he said.

Police were supposedly searching every home in the resort village of Big Bear, 100 miles east of L.A., but apparently nobody came to the condo where Dorner hid.

Chase Richwine lived in another condo at the ski lodge. He said, "I never got a knock on my door."

He showed INSIDE EDITION how Dorner must have been living comfortably on the lam.

His unit is a mirror image of the one Dorner was holed up in. Two bedrooms, two baths, with a spacious living room and fully furnished, it had all the luxuries of home. But, perhaps most important to Dorner, it had a perfect view of the police command center.

Richwine had virtually the same view Dorner would have had from his balcony window. You can see everything on the mountain and ski slope and he'd have a birds eye view of every movement of officers below.

When law enforcement personnel were asked during a press conference how they missed Dorner, they responded, saying, "That concludes the press conference for today."

When Dorner fled the condo, he made his way to a cabin where he made his last stand.  All that's left today is smoking embers.

Actor James Franco was actually at the wheel of a sheriff's vehicle in Big Bear shooting a movie while the shootout unfolded close by. He told Jimmy Kimmel what he saw.

"In the movie I was driving a sheriff's car, too, so it was really weird. And there were SWAT team trucks going right by where we were shooting," Franco said.


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