Woman Thought to be Dorner's Mother Seen Watching News Coverage at La Palma Restaurant

As Dorner stand-off unfolds on a TV in a La Palma restaurant, a woman believed to be his mother and another woman watched it over Chardonnay. Half an hour later and alone, she returns home.

OUTSIDE LOS ANGELES, CA -- While a stand-off unfolded live on television Tuesday between deputies and a suspect thought to be accused murderer Christopher Dorner, a woman identified as his mother was seen at a local restaurant—watching it on TV.

Just before 4 p.m., a woman in a gray Honda pulled into the driveway of a home on Sharon Drive identified in public records as belonging to Dorner's mother. She stepped out of the car, emptied the mailbox and entered the home.

Members of the media rang the doorbell, but no one answered. Neighbors later told reporters that the woman who entered the home was Dorner's 62-year-old mother, Nancy Dorner. ()

KCAL9 reporter Michelle Gile, who was inside the La Palma restaurant Tuesday, saw that the woman later identified by a neighbor as Nancy Dorner was with a blonde woman in the bar area having a glass of wine and eating chips and salsa while watching live footage unfold of the Dorner manhunt and shootout in the mountains.

The reporter approached the two women and asked if they knew Dorner -- both said no but appeared nervous, according to Gile.

About 3:30 p.m. minutes before the woman came home, someone who appeared to be wearing the same clothing and carrying the same purse -- fitting the description of Dorner's mother -- was spotted at La Capilla Mexican Restaurant, located near the La Palma home.

Surveillance footage from the Mexican restaurant shows a woman who appears to be the same woman in the Dorner driveway entering the restaurant at about 3:30 p.m. The woman who appears to be Dorner's mother is later seen on video paying for the bill. She is wearing the same sweater top and printed collar of the woman, who a short time later pulled into the Dorner's driveway and was identified by neighbors as the ex-cop's mother.

Stefan Michael February 13, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Was this story necessary? It's crap like this that gives the press a bad name. You have just fallen into the ranks of tabloid reporters you bunch of disgusting bacteria-ridden armpits that you are.
Stefan Michael February 13, 2013 at 10:01 PM
There are ways to flag comments as inappropriate, There should be ways to flag Stories and Reporters as inappropriate and censure them when needed.
LIL February 13, 2013 at 10:02 PM
none of us knows how the family of this man is thinking or feeling. We need to pray and ask God to help us all. We need to pray for the families who was affected by this situation. We need to pray for the man who took matters into his own hands. NONE of all knows what really triggered this terrible situation only the persons involved. Lets just pray for the ones lost and the ones left here to remember this horrible situation. LETS PRAY FOR EACH OTHER, and ASK GOD for strength and comfort. LET NOT OUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED.
ChiCaliK February 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Civil Eyes - Am I wrong or did your post script actually say your comment "was definitely not sarcasm"??
LIL February 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM
this is the most meaningful I have read. We can only raise our children to be of our ability. No one knows how Mrs. dorner is feeling.
ChiCaliK February 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Jenna - I doubt VERY seriously if the cops wanted anyone to talk him into surrendering. They wanted him DEAD. They would've preferred to do it themselves, with every cop completely unloading on him, but they were willing to take his death any way they could get it. So, they would not have allowed her to talk to him even if she wanted to.
LFBH February 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Michael Cupp - I totally agree! The comments made by some of these people have blown my mind. They are the heartless & Godless ones. Should pray for you all that have blamed his mother & maybe you should all pray and be glad it isn't your family. You cannot control other people and have no idea how you would handle the situation. Is this woman supposed to stop eating? Think I would have had something a lot stronger than a glass of wine!
Jenna February 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM
stefan it was a way to get a heated blog going and it worked
RM February 13, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Thank you for saying what so many of us have been already thinking.
S.A.P. February 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Jose, when you got fired, did you kill anyone? Why not?
Carol February 13, 2013 at 11:41 PM
My heart breaks for his mother, who is an innocent victim in this. And to watch your son burned alive in a house, no mater the reason is horrible for any mother to have to watch. Yes, Dorner was wrong to kill people, no doubt about that. But, there is so much more to this story, and the LAPD is partly responsible for all the deaths and the breakdown of this poor man. That is my honest belief. I also feel horrible that so many innocent people had to die, and again the LAPD is partly responsible. I believe that Dorner was telling the truth back in 2008. The LAPD have had NO credability since Rodney King. I also believe the police did not want to arrest Dorner, but wanted to kill him, before he could say anything else against them.
Carol February 13, 2013 at 11:46 PM
sieben 13 you are very correct. The LAPD is one of the worst police agencies in this country. Ever since Rodney King they cannot be trusted. Too many Thugs are in that agency. Yes, there are good officers, but cops like the thugs in LA make it hard for the good ones.
Carol February 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Lynda more then likely after he was fired for telling the truth, and couldn't get another job because he was blacklisted, he had a mental breakdown. Too bad someone didn't notice and get him some help. I partially blame all of this on the LAPD.
Carol February 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Yes, Donna, ever since Rodney King, and no doubt even before that, the LAPD is a horrible example of a police department. I hold them partialy responsible for what happend. I believe Dorner had a breakdown because of what happened to him back in 2008, and maybe never again being able to get a good job, and I believe his version in 2008.God help all the victims in this tragedy
Lisa February 14, 2013 at 12:15 AM
He committed the crime not his mother leave her alone you dumb asses.
Diane Goss February 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM
I am not a friend of this womam, have no idea who she is, never met her. I, however; agree emphatically "Patch" should never have ran this story and should be embarrassed that this even made it to "print". Guilt by assoication is simply a parental tool used to keep our kids from running with the wrong crowd, before they have the conscious ability to understand the ramifications of the association, beyond that it should hold no creedence. The idea that this association is "newsworthy" is exactly what is wrong with the media today. We want and more importantly need the media to keep us informed, spreading gossip and "creating news" is not only a disservice it is the main cause of distrust of the media.
Marie Morrison February 14, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Juana Solis: Dont be idiotic and ignorant. Read ChiCalik's comment below because she is right on the money. I dont know your gender but I will be willing to bet you are not a mother. Which MOTHER wants to see her child hunted like an animal, knowing the end is sure death? I'll answer that...NONE,regardless of his/her crime!! I can't even imagine a mother being alone while all this is unfolding for her child! Plus, do you think she would have even wanted anyone in the restaurant to know who she is?? Of course she had to act as normal as she could, under the circumstance. Her son was the most wanted (and perhaps hated) man in America at that time, alleged to be the murderer of 3, including a cop! Come on,dont be daft.
Marie Morrison February 14, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Thank you, Wy. I concur. As a mother I can only say, to all loved ones of all the victims, including Mrs. Dorner; I am so, so sorry. I pray for your strength in this time of grief.
catman February 14, 2013 at 01:29 AM
So his mother sat in a bar in a restaurant and drank a glass of wine while watching the shootout on TV ? Not sure if this is news but its certainly pretty weird
Phyllis February 14, 2013 at 01:42 AM
I cannot believe the garbage about the LA PD - how many of you actually live in LA? How many of you read the ENTIRE STORY about RODNEY KING and his previous background -The idiocy in these comments made me ill - what attitudes - no wonder we have so many gangs in our cities and evil people in the world - all blaming comeone else for their inadequacies.
Phyllis February 14, 2013 at 01:43 AM
see above
Jennifer February 14, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Leave his mother alone. She is innocent and she just lost her son.
FreedomFighterOne February 14, 2013 at 03:34 AM
What a double standard society we live in.
FreedomFighterOne February 14, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Some of these comments are purely dumb and insensitive. What is Mrs. Dorner suppose to do, not eat or have a drink? Did it ever occur to the "haters" that maybe she wanted to get out of the house. That being at home felt stuffy and isolating. That she knew her son had reached the point of no return and after the first killings, she knew it was over for her son, Christopher. And so at that point, Mrs. Dorner became numb to the situation as her only way to cope with the unfolding drama that is such a "headliner' in the news. And like those of you who believe Christopher Dorners' side of what took place, I believe it as well. It's unfortunate that so many innocent people became prey to the injustice that Christopher Dorner experienced. And I wish that the "haters" would find this tragic event a "teachable moment". The media is totally wrong in revealing Christopher Dorner's Mother. Like those who have lost their loved ones in this mayheim, her identity should have been protected like the survivors of such venomous outrage expressed by Christopher Dorner. Btw, we are have no control over no other person, but ourselves.
Caroline K February 14, 2013 at 04:20 AM
If this story is true, and his mother was sitting having a drink and chips with a friend watching the horrible story unfold, then something is very, very wrong here. It is certainly totally inappropriate, at the least. If indeed she was there when the story on. TV came on, then she should have left immediately to grieve privately. I'm sure she tried to do everything to stop him. I do feel very sorry for her, and all other families that have violent children, as there is very little one can do, assuming that they had proper parenting and love growing up. It's very hard for a child to disappoint their parents if those parents gave them attention, love and guidance. If it were me, I would be invisible for a long, long time, and the mourning period would be indefinite. It is only appropriate. Her son committed horrendous acts against totally innocent people. As for the comments regarding the unfairness of his firing, there are thousands and thousands of people every year who can tell you how unfair their life is...people who see their children shot, people who work as virtual slaves only to live in poverty, people who see their whole family murdered..yet don't resort to murder themselves. Dorner had a rage in him that society cannot condone. Our thoughts and prayers should be with the victims at this time.
Debra February 14, 2013 at 04:47 AM
I feel for his family, all of it has to be very hard for them, from the firing to the present. To watch all of this unfold, and to feel so helpless. His family is not to blame, and if that is his mother, which I assume it is, it just shows, she's ok.
B. Price February 14, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Who the hell are you Caroline K to judge Dorner's mother and give stupid advise on child rearing. Your not the queen of appropriateness on how to deal with tragedy.
Stacey Brown February 15, 2013 at 04:17 AM
The mother of accused killer Christopher Dorner, Nancy Dorner, released a statement on Wednesday expressing dismay over the acts her son is accused of committing. “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we express our deepest sympathies and condolences to anyone that suffered losses or injuries resulting from Christopher’s actions,” she said. “We do not condone Christopher’s actions. The family has no further comment and asks that our privacy be respected during this difficult time.” Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/02/14/dorner-family-releases-statement/#ixzz2KwBlzJ8o
Redondo Beach Resident February 15, 2013 at 04:41 PM
What the hell are all you people complaining about!! Look at this so-called "MOTHER"? Do you idiots See how she doesn't give a crap that her son is out there killing innocent people...Do you see how she is feeding her face in public not giving 2 cents that her baby is never going to hug and kiss her again? Do you people see what I am seeing??? This is a cold hearted uncaring non human. A baby maker...this is why the young who grow up in unloving homes turn out to be...her son needed help from his family and they disowned him. It is unbelievable that people are blind. This bitch needed to be outed. Thank you Patch for this article. A mother feeding her face,watching the news to still have an appetite. I am a mother and could never stomach eating anything! I would be on the news begging him to stop and that I loved him. And it looks as if she just dolled herself up for her day out...DISGUSTING!!!!
Angela Bagby February 15, 2013 at 05:52 PM
How much did the restaurant get paid for that video footage? Really disgusting! I'll never step in there again.


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