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Riverside says its Dorner reward is off the table

March 25, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz
  • Police tape is discarded near the charred debris at the cabin in Angelus Oaks where murder suspect and former cop Christopher Dorner died Feb. 15.
Police tape is discarded near the charred debris at the cabin in Angelus… (Mark Boster, Los Angeles…)

As the manhunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner heated up last month, several municipalities and organizations offered large cash rewards for information leading to his capture. Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa even announced a $1-million reward.

But now that Dorner is dead, at least one city says its offer is off the table.

The Riverside City Council passed a resolution in February offering $100,000 for information leading to the "arrest and conviction" of Dorner, according to Riverside city spokesperson Cindie Perry.

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But "because the conditions were not met, there will not be a payment of a reward by the city," Perry wrote in an email Monday night.

There have been two claims to the overall reward money since Dorner apparently killed himself Feb. 12. One is by a couple near Big Bear whose car was stolen and who were tied up by Dorner, and another by a man whose pickup was taken by the ex-cop.

Although more than 25 donors pledged reward money, many are hesitating to follow through.

"I've spoken with some groups -- including a few that are substantial -- that have already decided to withdraw their pledges," said Ron Cottingham, president of the 64,000-member union Peace Officers Research Assn. of California, which has placed its own pledge on hold pending additional information. "They said the reward doesn't fit their criteria."

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