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