A Los Angeles man arrested in Colorado after an Amber Alert was issued out of Michigan for his two young daughters was charged Friday in the slayings of their mother and the woman’s father.
Authorities are seeking to extradite Alex Perez, 24, back to Michigan where he is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, the Berrien County prosecutor’s office said.
Perez was arrested earlier Friday in Georgetown, Colorado, more than 1,100 miles from Coloma in southwestern Michigan, where the bodies of Renee Mitchell, 27, and John Mitchell, 67, were found late Thursday.
An Amber Alert was issued when police learned that Perez’s and Renee Mitchell’s 3- and 4-year-old daughters were missing from the home in Coloma.
Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputy Paul Osckel spotted Perez and the girls in a parked, running vehicle Friday morning in Georgetown, about 50 miles west of Denver, the sheriff’s office said.
Perez was arrested after a brief struggle. The girls were placed with Colorado’s Department of Human Services.
Police believe Perez was headed back home to Los Angeles, Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Fabian Suarez said.
An investigation revealed that Perez “was recently present” in the Coloma area “and in the home of the deceased within the last 48 hours,” the Berrien County prosecutor’s office said Friday afternoon in a release.
Autopsies were to be performed on the bodies of Renee Mitchell and John Mitchell.
It was not immediately clear Friday if Perez had a lawyer. (AP)