Kim Baldonado and Edwin Calderon
Police say they are searching for the remains of a mother and her two young children in Orange County. The woman's former boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Kim Baldonado reports from Orange for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on May 4, 2012.
A man taken into custody Thursday after a pursuit through Orange County will face murder charges in connection with the disappearance of his former live-in girlfriend and her two young sons, according to Orange police.
"The suspect was arrested for murder," Orange Sgt. Dan Adams said early Friday. "We are confident that he is our suspect.
"He has given us some information that we're looking into, but our investigators have not found the bodies yet."
Police searched a Brea landfill overnight, authorities told NBC4. Trash from the apartment complex at which the suspect lived with his ex-girlfriend and children is transported to the landfill.
Specially trained dogs assisted with the search, but no bodies were discovered.
Shazer Fernando Limas, 31, was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers on Interstate 5 south of the San Onofre weigh station in San Diego County around 7:45 p.m. Thursday.
Police began looking for Limas and the missing woman, 31-year-old Arlet Hernandez, and her children -- ages 2 years and 4 months -- after finding signs of "suspicious circumstances'' around noon Thursday in a vacant apartment they had shared at 3063 W. Chapman Avenue, he said.
Authorities announced Friday morning that blood was found in the apartment where Limas lived with Hernandez before moving out April 28. There appeared to have been "some type of altercation" in the apartment, Adams said.
"What we found in that apartment has created concern for the welfare of the female and her two small kids,'' he said.
Detectives aren’t sure if Limas was driven by money, but according to court documents, he was supposed to start paying child support payments on April 1st.
Late Thursday afternoon, police received information that Limas was in the Santa Ana-Costa Mesa area and located him in a parking lot near John Wayne Airport, according to Adams.
Costa Mesa and Santa Ana police tried to pull over his Nissan 350Z, but he fled, driving first on surface streets, then onto the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway and southbound Interstate 5, he said. The CHP became involved around Lake Forest at 6:35 p.m., said CHP Officer Gabe Montoya.
The sports car ran over a spike strip around San Juan Capistrano after the CHP closed down the freeway in both directions, Montoya said. The chase ended just across the county line, a CHP dispatcher said.
Limas, wearing a suit, sat in his car for an hour before getting out and being placed under arrest.