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Kidnap Suspect Who Led Hummer Pursuit, Standoff Captured

Thomas Ueno was sought in connection with a domestic violence report that led to a kidnapping and pursuit, sheriff's deputies said

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The moment when an alleged kidnapper who escaped during a standoff with police was taken into custody was captured on camera. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Published Tuesday, March 1, 2016)

A kidnapping suspect who led a Hummer pursuit through Orange County before escaping authorities during an hourslong standoff has been captured, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday night.

Thomas Ueno was on the run since Monday night, nearly a day after eluding authorities, officials said. He allegedly disappeared into the brush on a rugged hillside during a standoff with police the night before.

He was taken into custody near a bus stop in the 17800 block of Kensington Avenue in Cerritos at 7 p.m. Tuesday, deputies said.

The bus stop was located in the neighborhood where his mother lives, NBC4 learned.

Hummer Driver Remains at Large After Pursuit

[LA] Hummer Driver Remains at Large After Pursuit
After an hours-long police pursuit that ended in a standoff, Thomas Ueno escaped into a hillside by Castaways Park in Newport Beach. Ueno, who has a criminal history, kidnapped his girlfriend and kids the evening of Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 in Buena Park. Vikki Vargas reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Published Tuesday, March 1, 2016)

He allegedly led a slow-speed pursuit through several Orange County cities that came to an end near Castaways Park in Newport Beach, when the Hummer's battery died.

Ueno, 35, was accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and two children before the chase and standoff.

"That’s why we took so many precautions - the distance from the pursuit - we were afraid he might be armed," Lt. Al Martinez, Huntington Park police, said. "He did have a history of weapons violations. We were concerned he may have been armed with a gun."

A replica gun as well as a toy gun were found in and near the Hummer, officials said.

Kidnapper On the Loose After OC Pursuit

[LA] Kidnapper On the Loose After OC Pursuit
After an hours-long police pursuit that ended in a standoff, Thomas Ueno escaped into a hillside by Castaways Park in Newport Beach. Ueno, who has a criminal history, kidnapped his girlfriend and kids the evening of Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 in Buena Park. Vikki Vargas reports for NBC4 News at Noon on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Published Tuesday, March 1, 2016) (Published Tuesday, March 1, 2016)

"He could be on the hillside. Who knows, he could be down by the water," said Deborah Keillor, a resident of the seaside community, before Ueno was in custody.

It wasn't immediately clear if Ueno had an attorney.

Huntington Park authorities contacted Buena Park police to notify them of a domestic violence situation with subjects in the Hummer.

The driver refused to pull over at 4:47 p.m. in Buena Park and led authorities on a multi-city chase before an hourslong standoff began near Dover and 16th streets in Newport Beach.

Police Chase Hummer Through Orange County

[LA] Police Chase Hummer Through Orange County
A Hummer driver led police on a hourslong chase through Orange County Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. (Published Monday, Feb. 29, 2016)

California Highway patrolmen and police chased the Hummer on streets and freeways. Much of the chase north from Los Angeles County was on the 5 Freeway.

Amid the standoff, Ueno freed the boys and his ex-girlfriend from the Hummer before taking off up the rugged hillside. His ex-girlfriend and boys, ages 1 and 5, were not injured, police said.

Crimes allegedly committed by Ueno date back to 2001, including traffic violations, theft, evading police, domestic violence, violating a restraining order, and child abuse and endangerment.