Someone May Have Helped Dorner Flee: Court Papers

Murder suspect may have tried to get to Mexico
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2013 6:44 AM CST
Someone May Have Helped Dorner Flee: Court Papers
San Bernardino County Sheriff's officers Bernabe Ortiz, left, and Ken Owens search a home for former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner in Big Bear Lake, Calif, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The hunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings entered a fourth day in snow-covered...   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Christopher Dorner may have had some assistance as he tried to escape to Mexico, court papers suggest. As the fugitive murder suspect tried to steal a boat in San Diego, he told its captain he could pick it up in Mexico, the documents note. But "the attempt failed when the bow line of the boat became caught in the boat's propeller, and the suspect fled." Later, authorities picked up his wallet near the border.

A guard also reported spotting someone who looked like Dorner attempting to get into a naval base near San Diego, the Los Angeles Times reports. Few details are made clear about the alleged accomplice, who is identified in the papers as "JY." An official says he doubts Dorner is finished with his effort to "send a message." "Even though he may have gone underground now, given the nature of his conduct and his words and his actions, he's going to reappear," says a local district attorney. Meanwhile, TMZ has surveillance video of Dorner buying scuba gear just days before the attacks began. (More Christopher Dorner stories.)

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