Officials comb Big Bear Lake in hunt for murder suspect
Ex-LAPD officer tracked to mountain community
- Duration 5:53
- Date Feb 8, 2013
Ex-LAPD officer tracked to mountain community
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But we have no idea where he has what was that the police area spoke about before have -- -- -- -- about eight square miles is what we're surgeon.
There's about 200 and he is our swat guys that I explained earlier bridge is and that's no cats and -- BC's.
What -- on to get to those areas.
We're methodically searching each building as we get to it.
Our guys are making great progress at this point but the search continues.
-- no new information and had in regards to the suspect or his location.
But I do have the mayor of big bear lake here today.
I had a meeting let him and Jeff this city manager earlier city of big bear lake is solidly behind our effort.
And we're continuing to reassure the citizens both.
BA you folks as well as through the city to make sure that they know Evan has many resource is here as possible.
As I said earlier congressman Paul -- is behind us a 100%.
As are the board of supervisors and our county James Ramos that supervisor for the third district.
So let me get dad a mayor -- to say a couple of words mayor -- all of our Nolte.
I'm jail penalty mayor of the city big bear -- and on behalf of the city of what the law could -- -- or about community.
-- apologize for the weather but in big bear we call this a beautiful winter morning.
I -- to start by thanking all the members of the law enforcement community that are taking time out of their busy lives to be with us here in big bear.
I want everyone to know that you're making a big difference.
The residents of our community feel very safe knowing that -- here we obviously have a very substantial law enforcement presence someone -- thank you very much for being.
The question I've been asked most often is is -- panic and our community up here in big bear because of the situation.
No there's no panic.
We're very hardy residents here -- the -- verdugo mountains and many of the people here armed.
By -- actually been not that panicked what ensued but more that someone up here would see something and take the law into their own hands.
I want to urge anyone if you see something just remain vigilant Paul -- 11 reporter -- the work force for good his let them deal with it.
It's possible to -- a lot about the decision to open the ski resorts today I want everyone to know -- that decision was made.
And close conjunction with the law enforcement community up here.
Well we've been assured that the suspect -- not pose a substantial threat to the ski -- -- the surrounding community about for the ski resorts are open.
If the situation changes obviously we'll reassess their decision.
So thank you very much enjoy your primary Victor.
It in addition to the mayor we have council member bill beyond here with us as well.
We are continuing the search our plan is to continue to do that throughout the day and throughout the weekend should we need to.
We discover any information that gives us any idea that he is -- no longer here.
Or were able to capture -- then things will change and we'll get back to -- election now.
The vehicle I talked about earlier.
It's in our possession December -- -- turning over the all the evidence and the vehicle to the Irvine police the.
Partner you don't.
Not the fire started in that -- I do not.
And you also evident as citizens at this point whether this weather is hampering your -- I know he's an earlier you Friday's special equipment this doesn't sound but never out.
Sure it's still solid but our folks are dressed correctly and we have the right equipment to get to the search areas that we need.
Certainly be a little bit slower to get to each individual Larry on foot because of the weather but we're continue to push forward what are.
You're looking forward kind of signs you can possibly -- -- he's.
-- or anything like that.
We could see -- this kind of condition snow is great for tracking folks as well as looking at each individual Cavendish if there's any signs of forced entry.
I'll tell them the footprint they found it near the trucking yesterday and he really.
Traces anywhere really what happened without.
We continue to follow the footprints as I said earlier.
Yesterday when we found -- leading away from the vehicle we've followed him throughout they -- the mountains on two different forestry roads.
Could tell we lost sight of them here here in what city you -- Some reasonable some information that would suggest that he's no longer in this area -- -- -- what happens.
-- -- -- -- He -- found drive I cannot tell you what we found in the truck at this point we're gonna release everything that struck and any evidence to -- Irvine police department.
And they will be the ones -- release any information in regards to that this is an area that someone can disappear easily and that area.
Well certainly there's there's over 200 cabins that are up and those mountains that are abandoned or vacant and we're checking notes one violent by the Forest Service have a birthday vacation.
-- got resources and of course.
And -- how many people you have on the ballot now.
Don't look so -- after.
We have over a hundred people here again today.
We're staffed up and and that twelve -- operational periods we're gonna continue that staffing level throughout the weekend.
We'll reassess as we get closer to that for the first the next week.
-- where he talked about the snow cats in the vehicles were using to get around for not having any trouble at all getting to the places we need to search.
If you are there you'll learn how can you be sure that he doesn't poses substantial threat to the ski -- We've searched the entire area around the ski resort our swat officers are up on that -- looking for him.
That there's no information to suggest he's anywhere near this DS ski resort itself.
I would also searched all the houses.
Door to door in this general area using dogs also saw canine unit down there but we really haven't heard much about that certainly there Dodgers welcome.
I had no idea and I know that that California now the sniping still worked pretty well.
Can't tell you can't tell you have good thanks.