Authorities are asking the general public to come back ahead with details about attainable further incidents involving firearms and the 2 suspects charged within the homicide of a 6-year-old boy who was fatally shot throughout a street rage incident on the Costa Mesa (55) freeway.
The person accused of firing the shot that killed Aiden Leos, 24-year-old Marcus Anthony Eriz, was ordered Friday to stay jailed with out bail. Wynne Lee, 23, who’s charged as an confederate within the capturing that killed Aiden, stays jailed on $500,000 bail, though she was ordered to return to courtroom this coming Friday for one more bail listening to.
Aiden was shot on Could 21. In the course of the week of Could 24-28, Eriz and Lee acquired into one other “altercation on the freeway,” prosecutors stated.
“As Wynne Lee was driving on the 91 eastbound on the way in which to work with defendant Eriz as her entrance passenger, a driver in a blue Tesla did one thing to make defendant Eriz indignant, appearing aggressively,” prosecutors alleged.
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“Defendant Eriz once more took out his gun and brandished it to the driving force of the Tesla. That driver informed the defendants that he had referred to as the police after which he drove away.”
A co-worker of Eriz informed him on Could 28 that it seemed like their automotive was the suspect automobile police have been looking for, prosecutors stated.
The Orange County District Legal professional’s Workplace is asking anybody who had any interactions with a 2018 or 2019 white Volkswagen Golf SportWagen on the 55 Freeway in Orange County or the 91 Freeway in Orange and Riverside counties involving photographs being fired or a gun being brandished to come back ahead.
The incidents would have occurred between December 2020 and June 2021.
The DA’s Workplace has arrange a devoted hotline for ideas at 714-834-7000. Details about the suspects and prior firearm brandishing incidents will also be emailed to [email protected]
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On Friday, Orange County Superior Court docket Choose Larry Yellin cited the alleged incident on the 91 Freeway in his determination to refuse bail for Eriz, calling his actions “alarming.”
“I might suppose any self-reflection of the crime…or a gun revulsion or thoughtfulness of taking place that route once more” would have occurred to the defendant following the capturing of the boy, Yellin stated.
“Mr. Eriz does appear to be a whole hazard to society. There is a substantial menace to the group if Mr. Eriz will get out.”
The choose ordered the courtroom’s pretrial companies officers to do a background test on Lee to set a bail for her. Lee’s legal professional Tom Nocella argued that in response to the regulation, his shopper’s bail needs to be $20,000 to $25,000. Her dad and mom are ready to submit the bail and supply a residence for her, Nocella stated.
Senior Deputy District Legal professional Whitney Bokosky argued that Lee additionally represented a menace as a result of she knew her boyfriend had a weapon in her automotive and allowed him to proceed conserving it within the automobile after the boy was killed.
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“She’s not as harmful as (Eriz), however she is harmful,” Bokosky stated.
Orange County District Legal professional Todd Spitzer argued that Lee instigated the street rage incident by slicing off the sufferer and that “her boyfriend was attempting to hide his id” after the capturing. Lee was additionally a part of “secreting” her automotive through the “manhunt” for the boy’s killer, Spitzer stated.
Aiden was shot as his mom, Joanna Cloonan, was driving him to kindergarten in her Chevrolet Sonic on the 55 Freeway. At about 8 a.m. that day, the 2 allegedly have been reduce off by the defendants, who have been in a Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.
Lee was behind Cloonan within the diamond lane earlier than swinging over to the quick lane after which accelerating at an “extraordinarily excessive price of pace” to get in entrance of Cloonan, prosecutors contended in a bail movement filed Wednesday and first obtained by Metropolis Information Service.
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“Wynne Lee motioned to the sufferer automobile a ‘peace signal’ together with her hand and continued driving,” prosecutors stated within the movement for greater bail.
A couple of miles later as Cloonan was trying to merge over to the Riverside (91) Freeway east, she handed the defendants and was “nonetheless indignant about being cutoff and put up her center finger on the two as she handed,” prosecutors stated.
“She then heard a loud bang to the rear of her automobile and heard her little boy within the backseat say, ‘Ow,’” prosecutors stated. Cloonan instantly pulled over and noticed Aiden suffered a chest wound, prosecutors stated. Aiden was pronounced useless at 8:39 a.m. at Youngsters’s Hospital Orange County.
In an interview with investigators on June 6, Eriz stated he “was indignant after being ‘flipped off’ by Ms. Cloonan, so he grabbed his loaded Glock 17 9mm and racked a spherical,” in response to the movement.
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“He then rolled the passenger window down and took a shot at her automobile. After capturing the sufferer, the defendants continued on to the 91 eastbound and on to work within the metropolis of Highland.” They labored a full day and the couple returned residence.
Eriz and Lee each pleaded not responsible to the costs stemming from the capturing, and a pretrial listening to was set for Aug. 27.
Eriz is charged with homicide and a felony depend of discharge of a firearm at an inhabited dwelling, with sentencing enhancements for discharge of a firearm inflicting loss of life. He faces as much as 40 years to life in jail if convicted at trial.
Lee is charged with a felony depend of being an adjunct after the actual fact and a misdemeanor depend of getting a hid firearm in a automobile. Lee faces as much as 4 years behind bars if convicted at trial of all prices. Three of these years can be jail and one in jail.
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