SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A San Jose man suspected of threatening to kill his wife was arrested early Thursday morning after leading police on a chase, deserting his children in his car, and fleeing on foot, according to San Jose police.

Jerome Slayton, 31, of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of firearm possession as a felon, criminal threats and child endangerment and booked into Santa Clara County Jail, police wrote in a news release.

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The incident began shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, when officers responded to Regional Medical Center, 225 N. Jackson Ave., to a woman’s report that her husband threatened to fatally shoot her, police said.

A few hours later, about 1:45 a.m. Thursday, an officer spotted the suspect’s car headed south on Jackson Avenue towards Alum Rock Avenue, and pursued it before reaching a dead end at Poco Way.

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Police assumed the suspect, later identified as Slayton, was hiding in the vehicle. Unbeknownst to them, Slayton had already run away, leaving behind his two children, ages 8 and 9, who slept through the whole incident, Officer Gina Tepoorten said.

Police surrounded Slayton’s car and called an armored vehicle to the scene. At about 4 a.m., they discovered Slayton had gone, and cleared the scene, said police.

Detectives found Slayton in San Jose after an extensive investigation, according to police.

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Slayton’s two children were later reunited with their mother, Tepoorten said.