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Montebello Dad In Freeway Standoff Charged With Murdering Wife And Kidnapping Children

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After a freeway standoff in San Diego County last week, a Montebello father has been charged today with the murder of his wife and the kidnapping of his four sons.

Authorities arrested 43-year-old Daniel Perez on Dec. 11 after he led El Cajon police and CHP on a car chase in his black 2014 Toyota Camry that was carrying his children. Police had begun a search for his sons, whose ages range from 6 to 11 years old, after an amber alert was issued.

This came on the heels of Montebello police finding the body of Perez's 39-year-old wife, Erica Perez, stuffed in the trunk of their family car in Montebello on Dec. 10. The family had been reported missing since Dec. 5.

His sons, who were not harmed, were taken into protective custody and are now staying with family members, reported CBS Los Angeles. Family members said that the couple's marriage was plagued by domestic violence.

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Perez is scheduled to be arraigned in court today. If convicted, he faces the maximum sentence of life in state prison.