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Father Who Went Missing with Four Young Sons After Body Believed to Be Wife’s Was Found In Trunk of Car, In Custody After Tense Standoff

December 12, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Father Who Went Missing with Four Young Sons After Body Believed to Be Wife’s Was Found In Trunk of Car, In Custody After Tense Standoff Image courtesy of fox5sandiego.com

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California Highway Patrol Amber alert issued for the four little boys, missing since Wednesday night, were rescued after an hour long standoff with the father of the children.

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The arrest of Daniel Perez 43, ended a three day desperate manhunt for Daniel, who went missing with his wife Erica Perez, of Montebello, California, and their four sons, ages 6 to 11.

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

The standoff took place in the Santee, which is a suburb of San Diego, where police armored vehicles surrounded a black 2014 Toyota Camry, which was spotted at 8:30am Thursday morning, two hours later, Daniel Perez, was finally apprehended.

The hunt for Perez began when the dead body of his wife, who police believe could be Erica Perez, however it has not yet been confirmed, was found in the trunk of a Honda Accord, which belonged to the couple, just a half-mile from their home Wednesday.

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

The family has not been seen since Friday, and both have not been answering their phone.

Police say relatives of the family told them their marriage was unstable and domestic violence had taken place.

Police conducted a massive search for Daniel Perez Thursday night, until a LoJack system installed in his Toyota led them to the wanted man in El Cajon Friday morning, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Police attempted to pull him over, but Perez refused, instead choosing to flee.
His Vehicle was finally stopped on eastbound State Route 52 in Santee at around 9am, however, Perez remained in the the vehicle for the another hour.

As police surrounded the vehicle, Perez released two of his sons, who quickly ran toward police officers.

His remaining children were held hostage, remaining in the vehicle until 10am, when Perez emerged from the car, with his two sons.

Perez exited the vehicle, holding one child as the other boy followed behind,
walking the children close to the edge the freeway ramp railing, where there is a 200-foot drop-off, California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Pearlstein said.

‘Immediately, when he stopped there, that’s what we all said, “You just don’t stop right here unless you’re thinking of jumping,”‘ Pearlstein said.

Police shot Perez with a non lethal bean bag and then rushed him, subduing the father.
All four children rescued were not physically harmed, officers said.

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