Aiden Leos, who shot suspects, face new allegations in traffic
Authorities say it’s possible the two suspects charged with killing 6-year-old Aiden Leos on the road may have been implicated in other incidents.
Orange County prosecutors believe there may have been more firearm incidents between December 2020 and June 2021 beyond what prosecutors say led to Aiden’s death.
Prosecutors are asking anyone who has information on incidents in which Marcus Eriz, 24, and girlfriend Wynne Lee, 23, allegedly may be involved, by calling (714) 834-7000 or by emailing tips @ da. to call gov. com.
It is the latest case in a case that has drawn a lot of attention and sadness.
What do we know about another alleged incident?
Authorities claim the couple was involved in another road incident a few days after Aiden was shot.
A Tesla driver reported that Eriz aimed a gun at him near Freeway 91 in Corona while driving the same white Volkswagen with Lee at the wheel.
What about the Aiden shootout?
Eriz and Lee were on their way to work in the HOV lane of the 55 Freeway around 8 a.m. on May 21 when they approached a Chevrolet Sonic that Joanna Cloonan was driving to take her son Aiden to kindergarten, they say in court documents. Lee maneuvered her Volkswagen Golf SportWagen into the lane immediately to the right of the HOV lane and then raced back into the HOV lane and cut off Cloonan, gesturing a peace sign according to the documents.
After a few miles, when Cloonan left the HOV lane to get onto the 91 Freeway, she passed the SportWagen and raised her middle finger to Lee and Eriz, the documents say.
Eriz told police in an interview on June 6 that, according to court documents, he reacted angrily to being “ripped off”. He grabbed his loaded 9-millimeter Glock 17 pistol, got it ready, then rolled down the passenger window and shot Cloonan’s car, the court documents say.
“Ms. Cloonan’s very minor act of showing him her middle finger resulted in him using lethal force against her and her son,” the file said.
The bullet entered Cloonan’s car from behind and hit her son in the back. She heard the crack of the gun and then her son’s scream, “Ouch.” When Cloonan stopped and took the dying boy in her arms, Lee continued on Freeway 91 to Highland, where the couple spent a day at work, court documents show.
Aiden was rushed to Orange County Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:39 a.m.
The boy’s death sparked a wave of community support, with hundreds of thousands of dollars offered to his family and adding to a reward for finding and arresting the suspects. A plaque is to be erected in his honor at the Orange County Zoo.
What new details did we learn?
Last week prosecutors offered appalling new details shedding light on what happened before and after Aiden’s death.
In the days following the fatal shootout, the couple continued to commute to work in Highland, despite banners hanging on the fences of highways next to them asking, “Who shot Aiden Leos?”
The prosecutors filed an application for the co-defendants’ bail payments ahead of a court hearing on Friday. Prosecutors did not ask for bail for Eriz and described him as “an extreme danger to the community”.
“He has shown that he has no control over his temper, and he goes to extremes in no time when he’s angry,” the court document reads.
On Friday, Superior Court Judge Larry Yellin decided not to set Eriz on bail, a stricter measure than the previously set $ 2 million that Eriz’s attorney Randall Bethune said his client had no intention of releasing it.
“It seems to me that Mr. Eriz is a complete danger to the community, to society,” said the judge. “There is a significant possibility of a threat to the public if Mr. Eriz were to get out.”