I-5 Pursuit Suspect Booked For Murder

Shazer Limas, 31, led CHP on a pursuit down southbound I-5 Thursday after being named a person of interest in his girlfriend's disappearance

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    The standoff lasted for hours on Interstate 5 north of San Diego.

    A police chase turned into a standoff near the San Onofre-San Clemente area Thursday night, forcing the closure of lanes in both directions of Interstate 5.

    The driver ultimately surrendered to officers after several hours.

    Orange police officers say he is Shazer Limas,31, the boyfriend and person of interest in the disappearance of Arlet Hernandez, a 31-year-old Orange County woman and their two young children.

    California Highway Patrol was in pursuit of Limas’ car driving southbound on the I-5 from Orange County around 7:10 p.m. Thursday.

    I-5 Pursuit Suspect Booked For Murder

    [DGO] I-5 Pursuit Suspect Booked For Murder
    Shazer Limas, 31, led CHP on a high-speed pursuit down southbound I-5 Thursday evening after being named a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend and their two young sons. Evetually, Limas was arrested and booked on murder charges. NBC 7 San Diego's Danya Bacchus reports.

    Eventually, CHP hit the car with spike strips, which caused all four tires to flatten.

    The car spun out before stopping at the scales, facing in the direction of officers near the San Onofre-San Clemente border station.

    At 7:30 p.m., the driver was still holed up inside the vehicle.

    Around 7:40 p.m., Limas exited the vehicle. A few minutes later, he was taken into custody.

    CHP then reopened the northbound portion of the I-5, but the southbound portion remained closed until later in the night.

    According to Orange Police Department Sgt. Dan Adams, police began investigating “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the disappearance of Arlet Hernandez and their two young sons -- a two-year-old and a four-month-old -- around 11 a.m. Thursday.

    Police said they found blood inside a vacant apartment Contreras and Limas shared.

    Investigators spent Thursday tracking down Hernandez's family. Around 6:30 p.m., officers located her boyfriend, Limas, in a vehicle near South Main Street and MacArthur Boulevard in Santa Ana.

    When officers tried to contact him, Limas took off in his vehicle and the high-speed pursuit ensued, first down the 405 freeway and eventually through southbound I-5, according to police.

    On Friday, following the pursuit, standoff and arrest of Limas, investigators confirmed that Limas had been booked into Orange County Jail on murder charges related to the disappearance of Hernandez and her two small sons.

    Police said motive for the murder remains unknown.

    On Sunday, police confirmed Hernandez's body had been found in La Puente, east of Los Angeles.

    The bodies of the couple's two young children have not been located.

    Check back for updates on this story.

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