BIG BEAR LAKE — Fugitive ex-policeman Christopher Dorner was hiding at least five days in a mountain condominium before surprising the owners, tying them up and stealing their car just hours before his death in a fiery confrontation with police, the couple said.
Karen and Jim Reynolds said Dorner was upstairs in their rental condo in the San Bernardino Mountains around noon Tuesday when they arrived to clean it to rent to vacationers.
The building is across the street from a command post established by authorities as they scoured the mountain for Dorner.
The fired Los Angeles policeman, who was sought at the time for three killings, confronted the Reynoldses with a drawn gun, "jumped out and hollered 'stay calm,'" Jim Reynolds, 66, said during a Wednesday night news conference.
His 56-year-old wife screamed and ran down the staircase but Dorner caught her, Reynolds said.