Yolo County District Attorney, Sheriff announces the arrest of a father suspected of killing 5 of his children

At a joint press conference this morning, the Yolo Couty Sheriff Tom Lopez announced the arrest of a suspect in cold case murder dating to 2007.

It was announced that Paul Allen Perez, 57, who was incarcerated at the Kern Valley State Prison where he was serving time for unrelated crimes, for the death of his 2-year-old son Nico B. Perez. Also speaking at the press conference was Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and representatives from the California Department of Justice, the FBI also said DNA evidence also Perez to the death of 4 of his other young children between 1992 and 2001.

"His arrest was made just days before he was due to be released," Lopez said. "And the fact that he was not allowed to walk out of that prison a free man can not be overlooked."

Reisig also said that while DNA evidence was crucial, it was the "human element that led to this arrest" and the investigation showed "unspeakable" evil" of Perez. Reisig would only say that the DNA led to tenacious efforts by a host of investigators. 

The DNA identification of Nico Perez was made in October 2019. The other four children that Perez is alleged to have murdered are Kato Allen Perez, born in 1992; Nica Allena Perez, born 1995; another Nico B. Perez, born in 1997; and Kato Crow Perez, born in 2007.

"All are now believed to have been murdered as infants," Reisig said. "tragically, the remains of three of these victims have not been located."    

The body of decomposed body Nico Perez was found in the Sacramento River in 2007. The infant was 2 years old at the time of his death and was born in 1996.

Perez in custody at the Yolo County jail and will be arraigned tomorrow in Yolo County Superior Court. The district office has not yet decided if it will seek capital punishment for Perez for the five counts of first-degree murder with several special circumstances including torture.

During questioning, the representative said the investigation is on-going and further information of the victim's possible siblings, mother, or further  

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