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Christopher Dorner

Carjack Victim Sues

For $1 Million Reward

4/29/2013 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The man who was carjacked by cop killer Christopher Dorner hours before he was cornered in a cabin ... is suing the city of L.A. for the $1 million reward it offered to the public, but then pulled back over a loophole ... TMZ has learned.

In the lawsuit, filed today in LA, Richard Heltebrake describes how Dorner pulled a gun on him on Feb. 12, took his truck and then used it during a shootout with law enforcement. Dorner eventually ditched the truck before fleeing to the cabin where he died.

Heltebrake says once he was free he used his cell phone to call the San Bernardino Co. Sheriff to report the carjacking and Dorner's location.

Heltebrake believes he's owed, and indeed filed for, a ton of reward money that was offered -- $1 million from the city of L.A., $100k from Riverside County, and $100k each from the cities of Riverside and Irvine.

Three of those rewards were for "information leading to the apprehension and capture" of Dorner. Another was for "identification and apprehension."

The language is important because Dorner was not apprehended or captured -- but instead police say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the burning cabin.

As TMZ first reported, L.A. officials were hesitant to pay up -- and in the suit, Heltebrake claims all the municipalities denied him any money.

Heltebrake wants at least $1 million -- as well as an order prohibiting anyone else from getting the reward money.


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You can't corner the Dorner!!!!!!

512 days ago


He would probably get $100,000.00 Dollars or in other words 10% of the Million.....

512 days ago


They captured him after he killed himself. This guy deserves the dough.

512 days ago


He deserves every penny!! Along with the couple who were tied up and who called 911.

512 days ago


This has been an ongoing topic in LA. I think they will come to regret this when people hold back on giving tips to the cops because they don't believe the reward offered is real.

512 days ago


He'll lose. They made up a long list of fine print exclusions that will apply to him right after he reported it. They always do.

512 days ago


Give the Carjacking Victim The Reward Money .

512 days ago


Kinda ironic how Dorner started the whole thing over what he believed to be a crooked LAPD, so no surprise everyone's weaseling out of the reward money.

512 days ago

Phil Osopher    

Whatever he gets his attorney will take half... you can bet on that...But then again, half of nada is nada.

512 days ago


I feel the ladies that were tied up and called 911 deserve the money! time something major like this happens people are not going to want to help law enforcement!

512 days ago


The guy looks like a greedy bastard. Money makes people ugly. It shouldn't be about a reward. It should be about catching the idiot and getting him off the street or dead, whatever works. I hope the guy gets laughed out of the courtroom. He'll spend more trying to win his retirement fund unsuccessfully

512 days ago


I knew the snitch was white. smh Snitches never prosper!

512 days ago


This is stupid. Going by what you are saying, you *WOULDN'T* have informed authorities if there were no reward offered? Then that makes you one big a$$hole. But it's really the only argument you could have for this. How about being GLAD this idiot is gone and won't be killing innocent people any longer? How about that for a reward?
I swear to God this society is so money obsessed it's sickening.

512 days ago


LApd... jerks..never would have caught dude to burn him up.. if carjack dude did not call

512 days ago

I hope he wins.

512 days ago
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