Homicide

Los Angeles-area man charged with murdering wife, kidnapping 4 young sons

This Friday, Dec. 6, 2014 photo released by the Montebello Police Department, shows suspect Daniel Perez. Perez is accused of abducting his four sons and engaging police in a highway standoff. Perez has been booked into Montebello jail, about 15 miles east of Los Angeles, for investigation of his wife's death as well as kidnapping. Erica Perez was found dead in the trunk of another family vehicle on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Montebello Police Department)

This Friday, Dec. 6, 2014 photo released by the Montebello Police Department, shows suspect Daniel Perez. Perez is accused of abducting his four sons and engaging police in a highway standoff. Perez has been booked into Montebello jail, about 15 miles east of Los Angeles, for investigation of his wife's death as well as kidnapping. Erica Perez was found dead in the trunk of another family vehicle on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Montebello Police Department)  (The Associated Press)

Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed murder and kidnapping charges against a man whose wife was found dead during an Amber Alert search for him and his four young sons.

The district attorney's office alleged Monday that 43-year-old Daniel Perez of Montebello killed his 39-year-old wife, Erica, whose body was discovered Dec. 10 stuffed in the trunk of a car. Prosecutors believe she was killed about five days earlier.

On Dec. 11 Perez was spotted driving with his children in San Diego County. The pursuit turned into a standoff on an elevated freeway connector road where he was taken into custody by a swarm of officers after he got out of the car.

The children were recovered safely.

Perez is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon.