Christopher Dorner Update: Camp Ranger, Rick Heltebrake, Carjacked by Fugitive Ex-Cop, Files Claim for $1.2 Million Reward (Video)
Mar 07, 2013 07:36 PM EST
Rick Heltebrake, a camp ranger for a Boy Scouts of America campground, who was carjacked by fugitive ex LAPD cop Christopher Dornerhas filed a claim to collect the reward offered by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, which was funded by different entities, according to the Los Angeles Times . Heltebrake reportedly called 9-11 after he was carjacked by Dorner. The $1.2 million reward was offered for capture of the now deceased Dorner who killed four people before taking own life in a Big Bear area cabin.
Subsequent to calling the police, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies surrounded the cabin where Dorner was hiding in up in a Big Bear Resort cabin on February 12. Later that evening, Dorner shot himself.
Heltebrake works as a full-time ranger at Boy Scouts-owned Camp Tahquitz. In his claim for the reward, his attorney wrote:
"Mr. Heltebrake immediately recognized this man as Christopher Dorner," who had noticed him driving on Glass Road when he jumped out of a snow bank and pointed a firearm. Once off the road, Mr. Heltebrake used his cellular telephone to contact San Bernardino Deputy Sheriff Paul Franklin to report the incident and the location of Mr. Dorner. Mr. Heltebrake's telephone call to Deputy Franklin notified law enforcement of Mr. Dorner's location, provided a description of the vehicle he was fleeing in and was the substantial factor in the capture of Mr. Dorner at the cabin location. Consequently, Mr. Heltebrake accepts the mayor's offer of the entire reward of $1.2 million."
A glaring loophole may prevent several people who offered information to the Los Angeles Police Department, including a couple reportedly tied up by rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner, from seeing any part of the $1 million reward offered by the Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last week.
The city of Los Angeles offered up to a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner's "capture and conviction." Neither of which happened," LAPD Officer Alex Martinez told CBS a few days after the manhunt for Dorner ended.
"There was no capture and no conviction. It's a kind of a no-brainer," Martinez said a few days after the manhunt ended, indicating that the reward need not be given to anyone.
Dorner was accused of killing four people, including two officers one from the Riverside County division, and the other a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy. He also was accused of killed Monica Quan and her fiance Keith Lawrence. Quan was the daughter of a former police captain.