The person arrested over the highway rage capturing dying of six-year-old Aiden Leos after a weeks-long manhunt is a 24-year-old gun-toting auto store employee.
Marcus Anthony Eriz and his girlfriend Wynne Lee, 23, had been taken into custody exterior their house in Costa Mesa, California, on Sunday over the Could 21 capturing.
The California Freeway Patrol mentioned the pair are anticipated to be charged with homicide over the capturing on the 55 Freeway in Orange County.
They’re each being held in Orange County jail on $1 million bail every and shall be arraigned in Orange County Court docket at 10 am Tuesday.
Officers mentioned Eriz was the shooter and Lee was driving the automobile on the time of Aiden’s dying.
Orange County District Legal professional Todd Spitzer mentioned in a press convention Monday afternoon that the driving force and the shooter are prone to face completely different expenses.
Each the homicide weapon and the automobile they had been touring in have been recovered, he mentioned. They had been discovered at completely different places to the place the suspects had been arrested.
Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, (left) and his girlfriend Wynne Lee, 23, (proper in mugs) had been taken into custody Sunday over the Could 21 capturing dying of Aiden Leos
Eriz is an auto store employee whose lsocial media is stuffed with photographs of him displaying off his weapons and firing them at capturing ranges
Aiden Leos was fatally shot whereas sitting within the backseat of his mom’s automotive on 55 Freeway in Orange County, California again on Could 21
Neither Eriz or Lee are believed to have prior felony convictions, in keeping with on-line data.
Eriz’s social media is stuffed with photographs of him displaying off his weapons and firing them at capturing ranges.
In a single picture, Eriz displayed two handguns and a rifle. In one other picture, he confirmed off his ammunition.
Eriz works in an autobody store, in keeping with jail data and his social media accounts.
His girlfriend, who’s listed as unemployed on jail data, is the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants who grew up within the San Gabriel Valley.
Her presence on social media is just about non-existent.
Officers mentioned Eriz and Lee had been below surveillance previous to their arrests.
They’d acquired quite a few ideas from the general public over the case and had additionally been in a position to improve a picture of the license plate on the couple’s automobile.
A white 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen SE matching the outline of the automobile is registered to Lee’s mother and father.
This then led legislation enforcement to Eriz and Lee.
After delving into the couple’s backgrounds, officers had been capable of finding out they commuted alongside the freeway the place the lethal capturing came about.
Eriz and his girlfriend are anticipated to be charged with homicide over the capturing
In an previous social media submit Eriz exhibits off an AR-15 firearm and Glock pistol (above)
One other submit exhibits bullets and a pistol. Eriz works in an autobody store, in keeping with jail data and his social media accounts
Spitzer final week urged these accountable to show themselves in.
‘The longer this goes on… the much less sympathy I will have. You killed a 6-year-old boy for God’s sake. Come ahead. Flip your self in,’ he tweeted.
He mentioned in Monday’s press convention that these accountable had ignored his request.
‘I referred to as on them to show themselves in… And so they did not. So now it’s in regards to the system to carry them accountable,’ he mentioned.
Spitzer held up a photograph of Aiden as he mentioned each officers and members of the general public had been affected by the case as a result of ‘it may have occurred to any considered one of us.’
Police imagine Lee was driving and Eriz was sitting within the passenger seat when he fired the gun into the again of Aiden’s mom Joanna Cloonan’s automotive again on Could 21. Pictured above is a bullet gap within the automotive
Police have launched a number of photos of the white Volkswagen Golf Sportswagen in a bid to trace the suspects down. The reward to trace them down has now surged to $500,000 previous to the arrests
Police imagine Lee was driving and Eriz was sitting within the passenger seat when he fired the gun into the again of Aiden’s mom Joanna Cloonan’s automotive again on Could 21.
Aiden was shot within the again whereas sitting within the backseat as they drove alongside the 55 Freeway in Orange County en path to his kindergarten.
Freeway patrol officers mentioned the highway rage incident stemmed from ‘a perceived unsafe lane change’.
In response to accounts from the mom and witnesses who stopped to assist her, the highway rage ordeal unfolded when the driving force of a white Volkswagen Golf Sportswagen reduce Aiden’s mom off within the carpool lane.
The boy’s mom caught up her center finger on the driver earlier than the opposite automotive slipped in behind her and somebody inside fired a shot on the rear of her automotive.
The bullet struck Aiden within the again.
Aiden’s mom pulled over to the aspect of the highway and cradled the little boy till an off-duty police officer stopped to carry out CPR and paramedics arrived.
The boy was rushed to a hospital the place he was pronounced useless.
Orange County District Legal professional Todd Spitzer held up a photograph of Aiden as he mentioned the couple could be arraigned for his homicide Tuesday
Police launched a number of photos of the Volkswagen in a bid to trace the suspects down.
A $500,000 reward had been supplied for data that led to an arrest within the case.
A GoFundMe fundraiser began by Aiden’s household made up the preliminary $50,000. Since then, the district lawyer, native companies and two Orange County supervisors have all contributed to spice up the reward.
‘On behalf of Border Division Chief Omar Watson and the Santa Ana Space, we’re deeply grateful for the professionalism and tireless dedication of our investigators who’ve labored on this case from day one to search out these answerable for Aiden’s dying,’ California Freeway Patrol Commissioner Amanda Ray mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.
‘The Division has been in common contact with the sufferer’s household and I guarantee you they, like us, are dedicated to seeing justice served.’
The arrests got here simply sooner or later after an open casket memorial service was held for Aiden at Calvary Chapel in Yorba Linda the place the little boy was a kindergarten pupil.
He was remembered as a baby with a vocabulary past his years who exuded heat and tenderness.
‘He gave us such pleasure, giving us function to our life. I felt so honored to be Aiden´s mommy,’ the boy’s mom mentioned.
‘I would like nothing greater than to search out justice, although it will not deliver you again into my arms. My treasured son had his life ripped away for completely no purpose.’