The husband and wife who say they surprised Christopher Dorner in their home, hours before he was killed in a dramatic standoff, described their terror as he bound their hands and feet.
Jim and Karen Reynolds say they came to the home just before noon on Tuesday to find the fugitive had been staying in an upstairs room.
Mrs Reynolds said that Dorner seemed ‘calm and methodical’ when he approached them, but her first instinct when she saw him was to run away – and Dorner chased after her.
She tried to run up the stairs but was quickly caught by Dorner, who dragged her away.
Mr Reynolds said that after first trying to keep them calm, Dorner tied up their hands and feet with zip ties before stuffing washcloths in their mouths.
He then covered their faces with pillowcases and wrapped electrical cords around their heads.
” Ireally thought it could be the end,” she told reporters on Wednesday night.
The Reynolds said that despite early reports, it was them – and not their housekeepers – who had encountered Dorner in the home.
They said that he tried to keep them calm and told them repeatedly that he was not going to kill them.
Mr Reynolds, who has been married to Karen for 36 years, added: ‘He said he just wanted to clear his name.’
Mrs Reynolds added: ‘He said he needed transportation out of big bear. He continued to say to us quite frequently he would not kill us and just asked us to do what he asked.
‘He knelt down beside me and said “you’re going to be quiet, right?”‘
After taking some time to grab his belongings, he fled the home in their car.
They waited for several minutes until they were sure than he had gone, and then helped each other pull the pillowcases off their heads and call 911.
Hours later, he was killed in another home that burned to the ground after a firefight with San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies.
Despite the turmoil, Mrs Reynolds said that she did not wish Dorner any harm, saying: ‘I didn’t wish him dead at any point. I prayed for him.’
They said the home was unoccupied, and they were in the process of cleaning up the property after a recent snowstorm, and Dorner had been watching them.
Mrs Reynolds said: He said we’re very hard workers, good people. He could see [Mr Reynolds] working on the snow every day.’
Meanwhile, shocking photos from the scene of yesterday’s bloody gunbattle have been revealed as authorities release the names of two officers shot during Dorner’s last stand – one of them fatally.