Dorner Hostage Takes KTLA Through the Terrifying Ordeal

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BIG BEAR — Tied up and terrorized — one of Christopher Dorner’s hostages recounted his horrifying ordeal step by step exclusively to KTLA.

Jim Reynolds and his wife were held captive by the former LAPD officer turned quadruple murder suspect inside their condo.

“He jumped out from the bedroom right there,” Reynolds recalled. He said his wife, Karen, “screamed and took off running.”

The fugitive chased Jim’s wife down the stairs toward the front door of their condo.

“At that point I took out my cell phone, stuck it under the cushion there,” he recalled, pointing to the couch.

“I thought about going on the deck to get away, but we’re almost three stories up, so there’s not much chance,” he said.

Dorner then reappeared with Jim’s terrified wife, and ordered the couple onto the couch.

“He said ‘calm down’ a couple times. He said I’m not gonna hurt you, my problem’s not with you. I don’t want to hurt you. I just want to clear my name.”

Jim Reynolds showed us what happened next inside a condo that has the same floor plan as the one where they encountered Dorner Tuesday morning.

“He said do what I tell you, follow my instructions and you’ll be okay,” Reynolds recalled.

The ex-cop, armed with a handgun, demanded their car keys and forced the couple to turn around and face the wall.

“Then he put our hands back and tied them with those tie wraps,” Reynolds recounted.

He then made them get up and go to the back bedroom, where Dorner stuck rags in their mouths and put pillow cases over their heads.

“He had like a lamp cord or something that he ran through our mouth and tied it in the back real tight,” Reynolds described.

Moments later, Dorner was gone, but then reappeared, unclear how to start the couple’s keyless car.

“Karen finally mumbled enough that he could understand that you just turn the thing on the column, and he left,” Reynolds said.

As he raced out, Dorner turned the TV on. The Reynolds waited again, and started struggling to break free.

With her hands tied behind her back, Karen Reynolds hopped to the living room and tried to call for help on the house phone.

“She came over and knocked the receiver off and tried to call 911,” Jim Reynolds said.

“Her phone was lying right over there. She just sat down on the coffee table, managed to pull it over to the side and call 911,” he said.

“It’s scary, if you think about it,” he added, summing up the frightening experience.

The condo was just a short walk tot he police command post, but Reynolds says officers never searched his cabin.

Some are now saying that the Reynolds deserve the reward money, because if it wasn’t for them, Dorner might still be on the run.

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  • mmillajovovich

    Sarah. I can see what your saying… Jamie`s article is something… on thursday I bought a great Mercedes after bringing in $9584 this-past/4 weeks and-even more than, $10k this past-month. without a doubt its my favourite-job I have ever done. I started this three months/ago and straight away started to bring home more than $83 per hour. ,

  • mark

    wonder why this guy doesn't cut his eyebrows?……….LMAO!………..this guy had a nice place at big bear,,wonder why he didn't have a better lookin b***h?………LMFAO!!!!…….WHAT A FRIKIN HAG HE HAS!!!

  • Daisy may

    To mark, please stop being judgemental of people, you have no idea what this man has in his heart, i watched the interview last evening and thought they were an awesome couple. They are wonderful people who care about others, i'm so sorry you can't see that, just because thet don't fit your description of what you think people should be, you have no right to judge !! From what i have seen and i will watch tonight, they are really cool !!
    Sounds like to me your in securities have caught up to you, and after reading your post i can verify that, hope this was a one time thing for you and you learn how to respect people in a proper manner, you may learn something in the process, God be with you my friend

  • MPjoy

    The guy who was carjacked wants the 1M? Wow, another war to fight for the 1M? Is he going to hire a attorney and attorney can split the reward as well? What a greedy man..

    • fajingquan

      Not to mention that, as with all rewards of this nature, it was stipulated that the $1m was for 'information leading to the CAPTURE AND CONVICTION of' Dorner. He obviously was neither captured nor convicted so the only money he will ever see would be good-will-gesture money – but we both know that doesn't exist.

      In a court of law he has zero claim to the money. None. Not one penny. Gotta keep workin' pal, sorry!

  • sparky

    The should split the money between the families of the victims of his crimes, I am sure each of the families of the 4 people he killed could use $250,000.00 right now, lets all think about this for a minute, let's be real.

  • arrow1

    The Dorner movie script is being written right now. Somebody is going to make millions off of Chris Dorner. Just think of all those who will be paid to be on Oprah. Talk about economic stimulus.

  • Love_Thy-Truth

    stop trying to milk the story media whores! there are other news stories, hoe about news on the hundreds injured in Russia, greedy media morons

  • river

    Not one if those people found Dorner, he found them!! They should not get the money.

    Money should go to the families of the fallen officers

  • Barry_Madikener

    I don't think they deserve the reward. They were the victims of a crime and would have reported the stolen truck and the fact that they had been held hostage to the police whether it was Dorner or not. The purpose of the reward is to get people with information to come forward , not be a lotto for someone becasue they just stumbled across him or were a vicitim in the crime spree that the reward is trying to stop.