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Christopher Dorner

Carjack Victim Sues

For $1 Million Reward

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

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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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1.

Yay2013    

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

437 days ago
2.

NOT ELMO    

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

437 days ago
3.

jay26mc    

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

437 days ago
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SCANDAL    

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

437 days ago
5.

Carl    

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.

437 days ago
6.

WTF    

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.

437 days ago
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bbb1bbb2    

Give the Carjacking Victim The Reward Money .

437 days ago
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jason    

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.

437 days ago
9.

Phil Osopher    

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

437 days ago
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KartrashianKow    

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

437 days ago
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Robotnik    

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

437 days ago
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joethaplumber    

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

437 days ago
13.

Phreaky    

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.

437 days ago
14.

gegeok    

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

437 days ago
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scandal@ungibungi.com    

I hope he wins.

437 days ago
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