An associate of accused murderer Christopher Jordan Dorner was being tracked by investigators, according to court records that suggest the fugitive former police officer may have received help as he eluded a massive law enforcement dragnet.
Dorner, 33, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer, has evaded authorities since Wednesday night when he was named as the suspect in the slaying of an Irvine couple, a crime that triggered a wave of violence and a law enforcement dragnet across California and Nevada.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court raises the possibility that Dorner may have been assisted by the associate identified only as “J.Y.”
Marine Corps investigators had “been tracking the movements of J.Y., a known associate of Dorner,” according to an affidavit filed with the complaint by an inspector U.S. marshal.
As part of a surveillance operation of the associate, Marine and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department investigators were watching a property last Thursday in the San Bernardino Mountains owned by a family member of J.Y., the records show.
The investigators found a burning pickup truck nearby that turned out to be the vehicle allegedly used by Dorner in a Riverside County attack hours earlier that left one police officer dead and two others wounded, according to the court records.