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.’
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