February 14th, 2013
10:00 PM ET

Dorner victim wants $1 million reward

A man whose car was stolen by Christopher Dorner says he helped police end the search for the fugitive and wants to collect the reward.

Rick Heltebrake was carjacked at gunpoint by the former LAPD officer on Tuesday shortly before Dorner encountered the police and fled to a nearby cabin where he died. Heltebrake called a friend who is a sheriff's deputy to alert him about the carjacking.

CNN's Randi Kaye asked Heltebrake if he believes he is entitled to the reward although the language stipulated it was to be given for information leading to the capture and conviction of Dorner.

"Did anybody ever believe that he was going to be captured and convicted? I don't think so," he said. "I think they put that in there possibly to have an out for later."

Watch the interview to find out how Heltebrake says he'd use the $1 million.

Read "Christopher Dorner's body positively ID'd"

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  1. Charlie

    why not ask? Its the entitlement mindset, Obama's children...

    February 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  2. David Bess

    Mr. Heltebrake,

    How about you get the reward and then take the money and split it evenly down to the penny to the families that had loved ones killed or injured from Dorner's actions? You did what any American citizen should have done in your situation which is call the police and give them as much information as possible in regards to a crime that has just occured. Do the right thing and give the money to the families of the cops who were killed. Kids will have to grow up without their fathers and mothers will have to raise those children. You sir will be a better man for it and can get up every morning and look in the mirror knowing you did the right thing.

    February 16, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
  3. Robert

    He doesn't deserve anything ..

    February 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
  4. Barb

    I agree with so many of you, however I also believe that the couple tied up, and who's cabin he was hiding in..There is no doubt in my mind with him being a cop, he would have been taken alive and they way the worded it, they also knew...just ticks me off with word games...Bottom line is, people help to locate him and in their own way were victims..split the money.

    February 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
  5. Teddy

    I think the money should go to the families of the victims

    February 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
  6. Diana Escobar

    My opinion is the couple who got tied up and called 911 shortly after should get the reward and they so did it way before Mr. Heltebrake came into the picture. Mr. Heltebrake did not call 911, he called a FRIEND so he should not be the one to get any money. The couple and the cabin owner should be the one to split the reward and I hope the right decision is made.

    February 16, 2013 at 7:13 am |
  7. Carol

    I don't believe that Mr. Heltibrake should get the money. If anyone should get the money, it should be the couple that were tied up, freed themselves and called police. When Mr. H was interviewed the first time and told what happened, it was quite different during the 2nd interview.
    When the police were getting ready to fire smoke bombs in the house , they heard a gunshot. I believe, Mr. Doner killed himself first.
    If the money is to be paid out....the two parties involved should split the million dollars!

    February 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
    • Marcos

      I agree. Split it.

      February 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
  8. Sandra Taylor

    Of course he deserved the reward! Just think, if he didn't report his car hijacked would the police have been able to track the stolen car? If it EVENTUALLY led to Dorner's capture then by all means he deserves the reward. Being chintzy now is just going to discourage people from coming forward in the future. All this fine print is horse pucky.

    February 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • Randall Cornelius

      Wrong...that is not the way the reward is stated, nor will it survive the courts. Captured means they have to physically take him in control and lock him up. Not just surrounded by 400 law officers

      February 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
  9. John Stroud

    Really! It is always about money isn't it? Whatever happened to the fact that he was a victim reporting a crime not as an informant?

    February 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
  10. steve

    Here's a thought. Divide it up equally among the REAL victims, those who lost family. That way it will do some real good.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • Rachel

      That is the best idea I have heard so far.....who even knows if his story is true...no one to ask....

      February 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Sage

      Great idea! I'm all in favor of that. Not that any of this evil-doer'svictims should go uncompensated, but the families who lost loved one's and the victims who were injured, truly had their lives changed by these crimes. Those who lost property might be equitably compensated, but if they have a shred of decency, they would want the money to go to those who lost life–far more precious than material things.

      February 17, 2013 at 10:27 am |
  11. Cathy McDermott

    He Definitely deserves the reward. Why is there a question about this?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
  12. Tony North

    If the LAPD wants to retain some dignity, they will honor the $1million offer. C'mon LAPD, cough it up!!

    February 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Marcos

      Yup. He was captured and convicted. The police also acted as judge, jury, and executioner when they lit the place.

      February 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
  13. Sharon Mahan

    This man deserves something for notifying the authorities. This is what led to his capture, then death. I think the man should take 500000 and let the families that lost loved ones split the other 500000! But legally, I think he deserves the reward.

    February 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  14. Lori

    In my opinion, I think the people who owned the cabin should get some of the money to rebuild and their car either fixed or buy a new one. Anyone citizen that was involved should get money to fix whatever they lost.

    February 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm |