By Michael P. Neufeld
Big Bear Lake, CA – Carjack victim Rick Heltebrake is seeking the $1.2 million Christopher Dorner reward.
Heltebrake’s claim for the reward stems from his 9-1-1 call on February 12, which led law enforcement authorities to the cabin near Barton Flats where Dorner was involved in a massive shootout with officers before taking his own life with a single gunshot.
Dorner, who is accused of murdering four people, including San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremiah MacKay, had carjacked Heltebrake’s white 2008 Dodge Ram truck on Glass Road. The ex-Los Angeles cop allowed Heltebrake to exit the vehicle and take his Dalmatian dog with him.
The reward, which was announced at a Los Angeles press conference while the search for Dorner was still underway, came from private citizens, government entities, labor unions, as well as private groups, and is to be awarded to the person or persons who provide authorities with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the 33-year-old Dorner.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presided over the press conference announcing the reward at LAPD headquarters. His office has issued the following statement related to the reward:
“More than 20 jurisdictions and entities are involved in this reward, so all of them will be coming together to collectively determine whether any individual(s) qualify for it,” the statement reads. “Our personal hope is that the reward will be distributed, but we must follow the rules and respect the procedures of each entity.”
Heltebtrake, 61, is a resident of Angeles Oaks and is employed as a ranger at Camp Tahquitz, a scout camp operated by the Long Beach Council Boy Scouts of America.