COSTA MESA (CBSLA) – A couple in their twenties were arrested outside their home in Costa Mesa on Sunday evening in connection with the 55 highway shootout that claimed the life of 6-year-old Aiden Leos on May 21.
Sources tell CBSLA that Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and Wynne Lee, 23, are boyfriend and girlfriend. Eriz is believed to be the shooter, while Lee is believed to be the driver.
CBSLA learned that California Highway Patrol investigators monitored the couple and followed them from a restaurant before arresting them outside their home in Costa Mesa.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer told CBSLA that murder charges could be on the table, but a decision on the exact charges will come within the next 48 hours, after prosecutors have been fully informed. informed of the evidence gathered by the CHP investigators.
Law enforcement officials also said they knew the whereabouts of the suspects’ vehicle, as well as the weapon used in the shooting, and were working to secure the gun.
“We’re going and we’re executing search warrants to get additional evidence that we’re going and wanting to collect,” Spitzer told reporters Sunday night. “And we’re building this business together. I feel very, very good about this business.
A memorial service for the Leos was held on Saturday.
On the morning of May 21, Leos was in a booster seat in the back of his mother’s Chevrolet Sonic, en route to kindergarten in Yorba Linda, when the shooting occurred on Highway 55 northbound. in the city of Orange.
Joanna Cloonan, Aiden’s mother, was involved in a road rage incident with occupants of a white Volkswagen station wagon over a perceived dangerous lane change, according to CHP. Detectives believe that a woman was driving and that a man, who was in the front passenger seat, carried out the shooting himself.
According to sources familiar with the case, the two 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 exceeded $ 500,000. So far, it’s unclear if anyone will receive this.
CHP officials said they plan to hold a press conference on Monday.
Cheryl Gish, an OC resident, heard the news of the arrest and came with her husband to the Aiden Memorial Site on the Walnut Avenue Viaduct over Highway 55.
“I’m grateful they have someone in custody,” Gish told CBSLA on Sunday. “That doesn’t bring the little boy back, little Aiden is gone, but I’m so grateful that justice is served.”
“Every time I pass the freeway I feel like crying,” added Jessie Palomo, who brought her children, who are almost the same age as Aiden, to the memorial. They lit candles and paid homage.
“It is now a place that everyone unfortunately knows in a sad and tragic way,” said Palomo. “But as a community, we must always stand together.”