SAN BERNARDINO (KTLA) — Police evacuated an apartment complex in San Bernardino early Sunday after a report that fugitive Christopher Dorner was hiding there.
Tenants awoke to a swarm of armed cops circling Eureka Manor in San Bernardino.
It all happened around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday at 1525 E. Eureka Street. The raid was captured on cell phone video obtained exclusively by KTLA.
SWAT officers stormed a corner apartment as helicopters flew overhead. As a precaution, police ordered residents out through back windows.
The Dorner sighting turned out to be a false alarm — prompted by an apparent prank call.
“The officers came today and kicked in my door,” resident Nini Hamilton, whose apartment was the target of the raid, told KTLA.
“I got into a confrontation with some girls and they made a fake call and said that Christoper Dorner was in my apartment,” she explained.
“They said that I went up there to Big Bear and picked him up and had him in my car and brought him down here to my apartment.”
“I don’t know him, never seen him a day in my life,” she insisted. “Only on the news.”
As the complex went into lockdown, resident Tiquiese Anthony said they had to stand against the wall, and police asked for all the adults’ names and birthdays.
“They were telling us to pop our trunk to see if he was in the trunk,” Anthony recalled. They had their guns drawn on us.”
“Yes, I was fighting, and I was scared, especially for my kids,” another resident said of the ordeal.
It remains unclear if the person who made the call will face charges. Authorities say there will likely be more false alarms as they continue to search for Dorner.