The Las Vegas home of Christopher Dorner, former Los Angeles police officer and subject of a massive manhunt, seemed to be empty for at least a few weeks, according to Las Vegas police who Thursday searched the property nine miles from the Strip.
Las Vegas Assistant Sheriff Greg McCurdy said Friday there is no indication that the man accused of carrying out a killing spree over his firing by the LAPD is heading toward Las Vegas. But the department is working with FBI, other local police agencies, Los Angeles and Irvine, Calif., police to see whether Dorner has any connections with people here.
“We do not know where he is at this time,” said McCurdy, who noted all uniformed Las Vegas officers will be working in pairs indefinitely, as a precaution. “This is a dangerous person. A person we’re not going to take lightly. I’ve shared as much as I can.”
Henderson police are taking the same precautions and having their officers ride in pairs and putting motorcycle officers into patrol cars temporarily.
Dorner has several ties to Las Vegas, in addition to his southwest valley home he bought 2007. In his manifesto, he noted — critically — that he bought his guns at Lock N Load Gun Store, 9340 S. Eastern Ave. And one of his reasons for being upset with the LAPD stems from an incident in Las Vegas last year involving an ex-girlfriend, according to his rambling, 18-page manifesto.
He had a relationship with the ex-girlfriend, who works for the LAPD crime lab, sporadically over four years, according to the temporary protective order against her that he requested in Clark County Family Court in May.
The relationship deteriorated to the point that in April, he wrote in the order that she threatened to kill herself after he told her he didn’t want her to contact him again. The next day, he saw her parked outside his Las Vegas home. She banged on his door and rang the doorbell, prompting him to call the Metropolitan Police Department. When officers arrived, she was gone. But she returned at the request of the officers, who told her not to contact Dorner again.
But according to Dorner, the harassment didn’t end. A few days later, he wrote that the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union notified him someone had tried to change the password to his account, and evidence showed the request came from his ex-girlfriend’s home address.
Dorner filed the protective order the next month, and it was granted.
He wrote in his manifesto posted on the Los Angeles Times’ website that though the credit union confirmed she had tried to break into his account, the department let her stay on the force.
“You allow an officer, (name redacted), to attempt to hack into my credit union account and still remain on the job even when Det. (name redacted) shows the evidence that the IP address that attempted to hack into my account and change my username and password leads directly to her residence,” he wrote.
“Det. (name redacted) provided the evidence and you still do nothing.”
A message left on the ex-girlfriend’s cellphone was not returned.
Dorner’s burnt-out pickup was found in the Big Bear Lake region of the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles, leading more than 100 officers from various agencies to search the area Friday during a heavy snowstorm.
Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI at 385-1281 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.
Contact reporter Trevon Milliard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0279.