A man was arrested Friday on suspicion of murdering his ex-girlfriend and their two young sons in an apartment in Orange, and a far-flung search was launched for the bodies, including at the landfill in Brea.
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Shazer Fernando Limas, 31, was taken into custody 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 after a high-speed chase, said Orange police Sgt. Dan Adams. But he was placed under arrest on suspicion of three counts of murder only this morning, he said.
Police began looking for Limas, 31-year-old Arlet Hernandez and their children after blood and other evidence of an altercation was found by investigators around noon Thursday in a vacant apartment that all five had shared at 3063 W. Chapman Avenue, he said.
"Mr. Limas was interviewed at the Orange Police Department and based on the totality of our investigation, he was arrested for murder...," Adams said. "We're confident this is our suspect."
The evidence against Limas includes statements he made during the police interviews, Adams said without stating whether the suspect had confessed.
Adams said officers and cadaver dogs searched the landfill in Brea because that's where the trash from the building on Chapman would have been taken and the department was playing a hunch that Limas could have disposed of the bodies using the building's garbage cans.
The landfill search was unavailing, Adams said, adding that the search is also under way outside Orange County.
As of this morning, Limas had not retained an attorney, Adams said.
Limas lived with Hernandez and her 2-year-old and 4-month-old children in the apartment on Chapman before moving out on April 28, Adams said. Evidence found in the apartment prompted someone at the complex to call police, Adams said.
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. Limas drove at speeds up to 90 mph.
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 on suspicion of felony evading.
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