ORANGE (CBSLA) – Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and Wynne Lee, 23, were arrested at their home in Costa Mesa Sunday in connection to the 55 Freeway road rage shooting that took the life of 6-year-old Aiden Leos on May 21.
Sources tell CBSLA’s Michele Gile that Eriz and Lee are boyfriend and girlfriend.
California Highway Patrol said they expect murder charges against the couple. Orange County District Attorney told CBSLA’s Rick Montanez that murder charges may be on the table, but that a decision on the exact charges will come in the next 48 hours, after prosecutors have been fully briefed on evidence gathered by investigators.
Law enforcement officials also reported that they know where the suspects’ vehicle is located, as well as the gun used in the shooting and that they are working to secure the firearm.
Cheryl Gish, an Orange County resident, heard news of the arrest and came with her husband to the memorial site for Aiden on the Walnut Avenue overpass above the 55 Freeway. She spoke with CBSLA’s Jake Reiner.
“I’m thankful that they have somebody in custody. It doesn’t bring the little boy back, little Aiden’s gone, but I’m so thankful some justice will be served,” she said.
Leos, who was laid to rest Saturday, sat in the backseat of his mother’s car, on the way to kindergarten, when the shooting incident occurred. Joanna Cloonan, Aiden’s mother, and the occupants of a white Volkswagen station wagon, allegedly Wynne and Eriz, were involved in the road rage incident over a perceived unsafe lane change, according to CHP.
“Every time I pass the freeway, I want to cry,” said Jessie Palomo, an Orange County resident, that brought her children who are near the same age as Aiden to the memorial. They lit candles and paid their respects. “This is now a place that everyone knows about, sadly, in a sad, tragic way. But as a community, we’ve always got to stand together.”
Per sources close to the case, both suspects are being held at the Orange County Jail on $1 million bond each. The reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects has surpassed $450,000. So far there’s been no word on whether anyone will receive that.
CHP officials said they plan to hold a press conference on Monday.