The man arrested after a weeks-long manhunt for the traffic rage that killed six-year-old Aiden Leos is a 24-year-old gun dealer.
Marcus Anthony Eriz and his girlfriend Wynne Lee, 23, were taken into custody Sunday outside their home in Costa Mesa, California, during the May 21 shooting.
The California Highway Patrol said the pair are expected to be charged with murder in the shooting on the 55 Freeway in Orange County.
They are both being held in the Orange County Jail on $1 million bail and will be arraigned in Orange County Court at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Officials said Eriz was the gunman and Lee was driving the vehicle at the time of Aiden’s death.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a news conference Monday afternoon that the driver and gunman are likely to face several charges.
Both the murder weapon and the vehicle they were traveling in have been recovered, he said. They were found in different locations than where the suspects were arrested.
Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, (left) and his girlfriend Wynne Lee, 23, (right in mugs) were taken into custody Sunday for the May 21 shooting of Aiden Leos
Eriz is a car shop worker whose social media is full of photos of him showing off his guns and firing them at shooting ranges
Aiden Leos was fatally shot on May 21 while sitting in the back seat of his mother’s car on 55 Freeway in Orange County, California.
Neither Eriz nor Lee are believed to have previous felony convictions, according to online data.
Eriz’s social media is full of photos of him showing off his guns and firing them at shooting ranges.
In one photo, Eriz showed two pistols and a rifle. In another photo he showed his ammunition.
Eriz works in a body shop, according to prison records and his social media accounts.
His girlfriend, who is listed as unemployed in prison records, is the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley.
Her social media presence is virtually non-existent.
Officials said Eriz and Lee were under surveillance prior to their arrests.
They had received numerous tips from the public about the matter and could also have improved an image of the license plate on the couple’s vehicle.
A white 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen SE that matches the vehicle description is registered to Lee’s parents.
This then led law enforcement to Eriz and Lee.
After delving into the couple’s backgrounds, officials learned they were driving along the highway where the deadly shooting took place.
Eriz can be seen in a photo on social media with a gun in hand. He was arrested on Sunday over Aiden’s death
In an old social media post, Eriz shows off an AR-15 firearm and Glock pistol (above)
Another post shows bullets and a gun. Eriz works in a body shop, according to the prison records and his social media accounts
Spitzer last week urged those responsible to turn themselves in.
“The longer this goes on… the less sympathy I’ll have. You killed a 6-year-old boy for God’s sake. Come forward. Turn yourself in,” he tweeted.
He said during Monday’s press conference that those responsible had ignored his request.
“I called on them to turn themselves in… And they didn’t. So now it’s about the system of holding them accountable,” he said.
Spitzer held up a photo of Aiden as he said officials and members of the public were affected by the case because “it could have happened to any of us.”
Police believe Lee was driving and Eriz was in the passenger seat when he fired the gun into Aiden’s mother Joanna Cloonan’s car on May 21. Above you can see a bullet hole in the car
Police have released multiple images of the white Volkswagen Golf Sportswagen to track down the suspects. The reward for tracking them down has now risen to $500,000 ahead of the arrests
Police believe Lee was driving and Eriz was in the passenger seat when he shot the gun into Aiden’s mother Joanna Cloonan’s car on May 21.
Aiden was shot in the back while sitting in the back seat as they drove down the 55 Freeway in Orange County on their way to his kindergarten.
Highway patrol officials said the road rage incident stemmed from “a perceived unsafe lane change.”
According to the mother’s statements and witnesses who stopped to help her, road rage unfolded when the driver of a white Volkswagen Golf Sportswagen cut Aiden’s mother in the carpool lane.
The boy’s mother held up her middle finger at the driver before the other car slid in behind her and someone inside fired a shot at the back of her car.
The bullet hit Aiden in the back.
Aiden’s mother stopped at the side of the road and rocked the little boy until an off-duty police officer stopped to perform CPR and the ambulance arrived.
The boy was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Orange County district attorney Todd Spitzer held up a photo of Aiden as he said the couple would face charges Tuesday for his murder.
Eriz and his girlfriend are expected to be charged with murder over the shooting schiet
Officials said Eriz (pictured) was the shooter and Lee was driving the vehicle at the time of Aiden’s death
Police have released several photos of the Volkswagen to track down the suspects.
A $500,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.
A GoFundMe fundraiser started by Aiden’s family raised the first $50,000. Since then, the district attorney, local businesses and two Orange County supervisors have all contributed to increasing pay.
“On behalf of Border Division Chief Omar Watson and the Santa Ana Area, we are deeply grateful for the professionalism and tireless efforts of our investigators who have worked on this case from day one to find those responsible for Aiden’s death,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner. Amanda Ray said in a statement on Sunday.
“The ministry is in regular contact with the victim’s family and I assure you that they, like us, are committed to justice.”
The arrests came just one day after an open casket memorial service was held for Aiden at Calvary Chapel in Yorba Linda, where the little boy was a kindergarten student.
He was remembered as a child with a vocabulary beyond his age that radiated warmth and tenderness.
“He gave us so much joy, gave us purpose in our lives. I was so honored to be Aiden’s mommy,” the boy’s mother said.
“I want nothing more than to find justice, although it won’t bring you back into my arms. My precious son was taken from life for no reason.’