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Man who led police on chase is questioned about missing girlfriend

May 3, 2012 | 11:34 pm

Arlet Hernandez, 31, is missing, as are her two young sons. Credit: Orange Police DepartmentA man who led police on a high-speed chase Thursday evening that stopped traffic on the 5 Freeway near the San Onofre nuclear power plant is being questioned in the disappearance of his girlfriend and her two young children.

Shazer Limas, 31, was wanted for questioning after managers in his former apartment complex called to report something suspicious in an apartment he had just vacated.

Limas had lived in the apartment with his girlfriend, Arlet Hernandez, 31, and her two sons, a 2-year-old and a 3-month-old, said Sgt. Dan Adams of the Orange Police Department.

"He moved out of the apartment several days ago," Adams said. "When management went in the apartment, the management found suspicious things that led them to call us."


Adams declined to elaborate on what was suspicious in the unit. He added: "What we found obviously concerned us, and that is why we're actively trying to locate Arlet and the two children. It obviously raises the level of suspicion that Mr. Limas led us on a high-speed pursuit."

Orange police tried to pull over Limas when he was seen driving in a car near Main Street and Sunflower Avenue near the border of Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, but he fled. Driving at high speeds, he led police and the California Highway Patrol down the 405 and 5 freeways.

The CHP set up a strip of tire shredders at the Border Patrol station in northern San Diego County and disabled his vehicle, a dispatcher said. After a short standoff, Limas ultimately surrendered, and television stations captured footage of the suspect, wearing a black suit, lying face down on the freeway.

The standoff and subsequent arrest forced officials to close the 5 Freeway in both directions for about an hour.

Limas was being interviewed by Orange police Thursday night "regarding the suspicious circumstances and if he knows the whereabouts of the mother and the two kids," Adams said. He was also arrested on suspicion of evading police.


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Photo: Arlet Hernandez, 31, is missing, as are her two sons. Credit: Handout photo via Orange Police Department