Christopher Dorner Dragnet Is Extended to Mexican Border

Authorities raided a Tijuana hotel Monday night.

With a $1 million reward on offer for information leading to his capture and conviction, triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner remained the target of a massive manhunt Tuesday, with the dragnet now stretching across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mexican authorities got a tip that the 33-year-old fired Los Angeles Police Department officer, who is suspected of killing two people in Irvine and a police officer in Riverside, had been spotted at the Tapatio Hotel in Tijuana, but when they raided it Monday night, he was not there.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection was expected to increase its scrutiny of vehicles traveling into Mexico amid the burgeoning search for Dorner.

Authorities have received over 700 tips on Dorner's possible whereabouts, said Detective Gus Villanueva of the LAPD's Media Relations Section.

Dorner was charged with capital murder Monday by Riverside County prosecutors for the Thursday morning fatal shooting  of Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain. Dorner was also charged with three counts of attempted murder for the shooting of Crain's partner and a shooting attack on two LAPD officers in Corona. One of the LAPD officers suffered a graze wound in that shooting, which occurred about 15-20 minutes before Crain and his partner were attacked, police said.

The search for Dorner has been centered in recent days in the Big Bear area of San Bernardino County, where the former officer's pickup truck was found burning Thursday afternoon. But according to a federal arrest warrant affidavit filed last week, U.S. authorities believe Dorner may have already fled to Mexico.

The affidavit notes that Dorner's truck was found near property owned in the Big Bear area by relatives of a known Dorner associate, who was spotted early Thursday afternoon in Costa Mesa. The affidavit also notes that Dorner's "personal belongings, including his wallet and identification cards," were found Thursday by San Diego police near the U.S.-Mexico border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

On Feb. 3, Dorner allegedly gunned down the daughter and future son-in- law of the ex-police captain who represented him at a hearing that resulted in his dismissal from the LAPD. The bodies of 28-year-old college basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiance, 27-year-old Keith Lawrence, were found in Lawrence's car in the parking structure of their Irvine condominium building.

The next day, Dorner allegedly posted a 6,000-word manifesto on Facebook, vowing to kill named LAPD officers and their families. Fifty Los Angeles police officers and their families are being watched, authorities said.

On Thursday, Dorner was allegedly involved in the shootout with Los Angeles police guarding an officer's home in Corona, leaving an LAPD officer with a graze wound to the head, police said. About 20 minutes later, he allegedly fired on the pair of Riverside police officers stopped at a red light, killing Crain, 34, and wounding the other. The wounded officer was expected to recover.

Crain, an 11-year department veteran, was a former Marine. He is survived by his wife, Regina, and two children, Ian, 10, and Kaitlyn, 4. Crain left "an unforgettable impression" on everyone he met, Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint said. His funeral is set for Wednesday.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Sunday announced a  $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Dorner, saying the money came from "business, unions, government, law enforcement and community groups." Police Chief Charlie Beck said the massive reward was his wife's idea and called it "the largest award ever offered locally."

LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman said Monday that hundreds of local, state and federal investigators have been sorting through clues in their search for Dorner. A reported sighting at a Northridge home-improvement store on Sunday led to an hours-long search. On Monday, a man matching Dorner's description was questioned by police as he exited a KFC restaurant in Tarzana.

Neiman urged anyone with information on Dorner's possible whereabouts to call (213) 486-6860, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. However, anyone seeing Dorner should call 911 immediately, Neiman said.

The search for Dorner, meanwhile, continued to include the area around Big Bear, where his torched pickup truck was found Thursday, but it was scaled back.

According to a federal arrest warrant affidavit, someone claiming to be Dorner called Quan's father around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, telling the retired police captain he "should have done a better job of protecting his daughter."

U.S. Marshals Service Inspector Craig McClusky wrote in the affidavit that the call was traced to Vancouver, Wash., but based on other evidence, including sightings of Dorner, "I do not believe that he was in Washington at the time of that call."

McClusky wrote that there is "probable cause" to believe Dorner has traveled "from California to Mexico with the intent to avoid prosecution."

-City News Service

Arthur Spooner February 12, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I figured he was in Mexico by Friday. Are the police really that naive to think he was in Big Bear still?? Good lord!
SA February 12, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Larry Elder nailed when this morning he stated that Dorner should have never been a cop, but he got the job because he is black.
Roberto February 12, 2013 at 05:03 PM
with all the video telephones, more diversity on police forces, it was just a matter of time before all the numbers lined up against the code of silence. Transparency needs to become part of law enforcement including early vetting of undesirable instead of paying exorbent salaries & 10 year medical full pay retirements. Until then, the meltdown will continue caused by a corrupt system that allows innocent people to have their heads kick in by law enforcement administering their brand of justice causing even more video taped lawsuits. Lock up violent criminals and quit looking for drug addicts, prostitutes. Our jails are full of victimless criminals.
One Voice February 12, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Anyone know why there is a huge police camp set up on the North end of LE across the street from the old Torn Ranch Tract???
Tyler H February 12, 2013 at 06:14 PM
No, the police aren't that naive. They don't give all their info to the media. The tracks that led away from his truck, he stepped back through them and got into another vehicle.
Brenda February 12, 2013 at 07:00 PM
SA, My thoughts too. I expressed in posts how he made it, flew under the radar in the Navy and the LAPD without coming up short in the mental area, background checks which are VERY thourough in the Military for security clearances. I cannot believe the ones my husband had over his 23 yrs of service and just all they talked to. Old neighbors, friends, fellow military, Aunts, Uncles, you name it! Was kind of embarrassing the people that would find us and email us or call and say "oh they were out checking you out again", LOL. I have also known many to apply for LAPD and other departments and you would think the psych, oral or lie detector would have got this guy. But true insane people (check out history) have been some of the most brilliant people in our world. My assumption is that they needed the quota on minorities/men/women and he was a fast track right on in because of military background. Stupid Mistake.
Brenda February 12, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Roberto, I never thought I would agree with your last statement, but I DO. You are spot on with that and also send illegals back to their home country. Free up our jails for the people that deserve to be there that are out walking around with ankle bracelets.
Brenda February 12, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Tyler, You are probably right and they can determine if the axle was broken while driving or this guy took it apart to appear broken. He could have had a car already there to change to and be anywhere literally by now. The police know this, and they have been all over, but are only releasing news they think he will see. They are not going to give up what they are really doing and the areas they are looking. AND HE knows that too.
Unincorporated February 12, 2013 at 07:46 PM
They should be on the look out for anyone dressed like "Big Mamma" in a Moo Moo and wearing a Sombrero.
Don Hudson February 12, 2013 at 09:08 PM
When are people going to look at the bigger picture... LAPD getting mislead information, All these cops and air support can't find this guy. Comon I'm not buying this.... Did anyone read about the conference the us defense had 2 days before this all went down about using drones on USA soil and getting the peoples agreement on it.. this is the way there doing it. This entire thing is a setup and all these cops are being sent on a wild goose chase so the big guys can prepare to implement this drone law!
Don Hudson February 12, 2013 at 09:13 PM
When are people going to look at the bigger picture... LAPD getting mislead information, All these cops and air support can't find this guy. Comon I'm not buying this.... Did anyone read about the conference the us defense had 2 days before this all went down about using drones on USA soil and getting the peoples agreement on it.. this is the way there doing it. This entire thing is a setup and all these cops are being sent on a wild goose chase so the big guys can prepare to implement this drone law!
Joshua Decker February 13, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Absolutely Right I think the Exact same thing Government written all over it!!!! Things Have Gotten out of control and our amendments have been changed thrown away. For POWER GREED & CONTROL ETC... I sure hope people start opening there eyes before its to LATE.


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