Feb 12, 2013 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Los Angeles Times: A former police officer wanted in a deadly shooting rampage may have fled to Mexico, but authorities stressed the manhunt remains focused on the United States as well.
In federal court records, authorities said there was “probable cause” Christopher Jordan Dorner fled to Mexico. Officials told The Times on Monday night that the court papers, filed late last week, reflected their thinking at the time, but they stressed that Dorner could be anywhere.
The search remains widespread in California as well as Mexico and other parts of the United States. Officials have received more than 800 tips since Sunday.
Dorner, 33, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer, has eluded authorities since Wednesday night when he was named as the suspect in the slaying of an Irvine couple, a crime that triggered a wave of violence and a law enforcement dragnet across California and Nevada.
Dorner allegedly attempted to steal a boat in San Diego and, after subduing the captain, said he was taking the vessel to Mexico, according to an affidavit filed with a criminal complaint in federal court in Los Angeles. Dorner is accused of telling the captain that he could recover his boat in Mexico.
“The attempt failed when the bow line of the boat became caught in the boat’s propeller, and the suspect fled,” according to the affidavit by inspector U.S. Marshal Craig McClusky.
After authorities interviewed the boat captain early Thursday, they found Dorner’s wallet and identification cards at the San Ysidro Point of Entry near the U.S.-Mexico border, the court records show.
That same day, a guard at the Point Loma Naval Base told authorities he had spotted a man matching Dorner’s description trying sneak onto the base, according to the court records.