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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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16.

Blue Lake    

Greedy grifter. Now you get nothing! The jury has spoken!!

505 days ago
17.

lovegarrison    

He should be happy he didnt kill him, but i would sue too.

505 days ago
18.

Fox    

There are people that died from former and this guy wants money? What a greedy little man.

505 days ago
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Cold Azz Honkey    

California needs to pay up. They didn't have a problem offering up money when this dude was picking off the cops. This is a good reason why the public loses respect for the authorities. I hope you get your money.

505 days ago
20.

Vivian    

Not sure this guy qualifies for the money due to the cir***stances surrounding his carjacking etc., I think the "spirit" of reward money is to reward someone sho knows something and might otherwise be too afraid to come forward. Dorner was on a rampage, pretty publicly, and on the verge oc being captured. reward money is offered when leads are going cold. Police will probably stop offering rewards now. Too much of a hassle.

505 days ago
21.

tom p    

I live in LA, and if I get put on the jury I AM GIVING HIM THE REWARD MONEY. lying police.

505 days ago
22.

The Big Bowowski    

I agree that a reward should be paid out.....but not to this greedy pud. The husband wife duo that were tied up and had their car stolen after they crashed Dorner's party. They are the unfortunate ones who discovered that he was still up on the mountain and managed to alert police long before this schmuck did. Dick hEaD should get nothing

505 days ago
23.

mrdobach    

Pay him LA you cheap SOB's

505 days ago
24.

Jim    

And in the future, when California law enforcement asks for the public's assistance and offers a reward, NO ONE WILL COME FORWARD, because of their LIES to pay out a reward. So be it.

505 days ago
25.

DeeMaree    

Give him his reward money you butt wipes. If he doesn't get his money then ALL understand those reward offers are just so much bull s h i t.

505 days ago
26.

diane    

Figures.....LA *******s...I hope they never get another tip

505 days ago
27.

GTO    

At the time the cabin was surrounded Mr Domer was captured, it's because the police chose to set the cabin on fire instead of apprehension thereby depriving Mr Heltebrake of the reward. Pay the man!

505 days ago
28.

Me    

Take dorner's fat, ugly, loser, coward face off you're site.

505 days ago
29.

milmil    

This mug should be grateful dorner didnt kill his ass

505 days ago
30.

Kiloshi    

He wasn't the only one that was jacked! Remember the two that were tied up?

505 days ago
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