Family member Jay Hylton told KABC-TV the pair wasn't hurt. The Los Angeles Times reported the women surprised Dorner Tuesday, he tied them up and then fled in a purple Nissan.
The Times reported that one maid eventually broke free and called 911.
About a half hour later, the suspect got into gunfights with authorities, one of whom was killed, after barricading himself in a cabin where a charred body was found, along with Dorner's driver's license.
LAPD says its operations are back to normal.