LOS ANGELES (CNS) – With a $1 million reward being offered for information leading to his capture and conviction, triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner remained the target of a massive manhunt today, with the dragnet now stretching across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mexican authorities got a tip that the 33-year-old fired Los Angeles Police Department officer, who is suspected of killing two people in Irvine and a police officer in Riverside, had been spotted at the Tapatio Hotel in Tijuana, but when they raided it Monday night, he was not there.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection was expected to increase its scrutiny of vehicles traveling into Mexico amid the burgeoning search for Dorner.
Authorities have received more than 1,000 clues and tips on Dorner’s possible whereabouts, up from about 250 before the reward was announced, said LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman at a briefing this morning at LAPD headquarters.
“We will investigate all investigative leads,” said Neiman, adding, “with 1,000 clues or tips, you have to prioritize.”
Neiman said investigators were trying to determine if Dorner was at a Manhattan Beach hotel last week, and they also were trying to determine if a man depicted in security video buying Scuba equipment on Feb. 1 at a sporting goods store was Dorner or someone who looked like him.
He said drone aircraft were not being used by the LAPD in the search for Dorner, but he stopped short of saying that they were not being used by other law enforcement organizations.
Neiman said Monday that hundreds of local, state and federal investigators have been sorting through clues in their search for Dorner. A reported sighting at a Northridge home-improvement store on Sunday led to an hours-long search. On Monday, a man matching Dorner’s description was questioned by police as he exited a KFC restaurant in Tarzana.
Neiman urged anyone with information on Dorner’s possible whereabouts to call (213) 486-6860, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. However, anyone seeing Dorner should call 911 immediately, Neiman said.