Calif. man charged with killing girlfriend, 2 sons

May 9, 2012 • National News

This photo taken of a video monitor shows murder suspect Shazer Fernando Limas, 31, during his video arraignment between the Santa Ana Jail and the Courthouse in Santa Ana, Calif., Monday, May 7, 2012. Prosecutors filed murder charges Monday against Limas who was arrested for killing his girlfriend and their two young sons after a cleaning crew found blood stains on a carpet inside their recently vacated apartment in an upscale, gated community. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The blood-stained carpet was the first clue Arlet Contreras and her two young sons had not just abandoned their apartment in a gated Orange County complex.

Police began looking for them and Contreras’ boyfriend, Shazer Fernando Limas, after a cleaning crew discovered the old stains on the walls and under the carpet they were pulling up.

When an observant officer spotted Limas in a parking lot in a nearby city, however, the 31-year-old fled, leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with his arrest on three counts of murder.

Prosecutors now believe that Limas, who works for a commercial cleaning supply company, stabbed his girlfriend and their 3-month-old and 1-year-old sons, on April 14 — nearly three weeks before police responded to the bloody apartment.

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