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Family: Amber Alert suspect, wife had history of domestic violence

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – We're learning more about Daniel Perez and the rocky relationship he had with his wife.

Perez was taken into custody on a Santee overpass Thursday, ending an emotional search for the 43-year-old father -- and more importantly for family members -- the search for his four sons who had been missing for nearly a week.

Perez spent the past five years in custodial services at an elementary school in Montebello, a suburb east of downtown L.A. He was last seen at work Friday, which is also the last time anyone saw his wife Erica Perez alive. Officials Thursday confirmed a body found in the trunk of the family's other car Wednesday night is the missing 39-year-old woman.

Family members confirm that couple had a rocky relationship marred by domestic violence. They separated in 2011, during which time their five children lived with grandparents. The couple reunited, and it's not clear yet what led to these most recent events.

Perez took off to San Diego with four of the children, ages 11, 9, 8 and 6. They were escorted away by law enforcement as Perez was taken into custody. Perez was taken to police headquarters for questioning, then transported back to Los Angeles later Thursday. His children were also separately returned to L.A.

The couple's fifth child is also safe. We understand he was with his grandparents while the rest of the family was missing.

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