Montebello Police issued the following update regarding a missing family incident which occurred Wedesday (12/17).
On December 11th, 2014 at approximately 8:30 a.m.Montebello Police Detectives were notified by El Cajon Police Department that they located the vehicle involved in the missing person investigation involving four children and their father from the City of Montebello.
The vehicle was located as a result of a Lojack activation initiated by Montebello Police Detectives. The activation of Lojack was one of several methods initiated to attempt to locate the children and their father. In addition to Lojack an Amber alert was issued and social media was used to get the message out to the public to help assist law enforcement with attempting to locate the family. Other investigative methods involving technology, not available to the public, was also used to aid in our investigation.
When El Cajon Police attempted to initiate an investigative traffic stop the driver failed to yield and led police on a short pursuit. The California Highway Patrol joined El Cajon Police Department in the pursuit. The suspect eventually stopped on an overpass in the city of Santee. While police surrounded the vehicle two of the children exited the vehicle and ran to the safety of police. It is unclear if they were released by the father or escaped.
Law Enforcement from the San Diego area formulated a tactical plan to bring a peaceful and successful resolution to this intense situation. Montebello Police were not aware of the details of the tactical plan or any use of force anticipated or ultimately used.
When law enforcement approached the vehicle in question a male adult and two children exited. The male adult walked to the edge of the overpass apparently forcing one of the children with him. He failed to comply with law enforcement and made a movement as if he were going to attempt to jump off the overpass while still holding one of the children. The male’s intentions were unclear while he was at the edge of the overpass. Law enforcement swarmed the suspect and children and were able to take them into custody without further incident. It is not known to Montebello PD what means, other than the swarm technique were used to subdue the male adult.
The male adult was positively identified as Daniel Perez. The four children previously reported as missing were also identified as the four missing Montebello Children. The Department of Children Services will determine if the children will be released to family members.
Montebello Police Detectives traveled to El Cajon, where they took protective custody of the four children. The father of the children, Daniel Perez was taken into custody for child endangerment and child abduction.
As reported earlier there was a deceased adult female located in the trunk of another family car located in Montebello on December 10th, 2014. The deceased female located inside the trunk of the vehicle has been identified as Erica Perez, the wife of Daniel Perez and mother of the four missing children. The cause of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The father of the children, Daniel Perez, remains a person of interest related to the homicide investigation.
Anyone with information related to the missing person case and/or the homicide investigation are urged to contact Montebello Police Department Detectives at 323-887-1313.