A man suspected of shooting a small child in a road rage attack in southern California fired a gun at another motorist days after the murder, officials said Wednesday.
Suspect Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, has a violent temper and should be kept behind bars to protect the public, Orange County aide Whitney Bokosky said in court documents asking for a bail increase.
Eriz is accused of killing 6-year-old Aiden Leos on May 21 while being driven to kindergarten that morning by his mother, Joanna Cloonan.
Officials say Eriz and his girlfriend, Wynne Lee, 23, were driving State Route 55, the Costa Mesa Freeway in Orange, when their high-speed car cut Cloonan. The mother then turned their middle finger on them, prosecutors said.
The move allegedly enraged Eriz, who then pulled out his 9mm Glock 17 and opened fire, killing Aiden in the back seat, prosecutors said.
Then, during the week of May 24-28, Eriz and Lee were traveling on State Route 91, known as the Riverside Freeway, not far from where Aiden was killed, when a “driver in a Blue Tesla did something to anger the accused Eriz, ”Bokosky wrote.
“The accused Eriz again drew his gun and waved it at the driver of the Tesla. This driver told the accused that he had called the police and then drove away. “
Eriz and Lee are scheduled to appear before a judge on Friday.
“The accused Eriz is an extreme danger to the community,” Bokosky wrote. “He’s shown he can’t control his temper and he goes to extremes with the snap of a finger when he’s angry. “
Eriz has been charged with murder and is being held in lieu of $ 2 million bail. Lee is charged with acting as an accomplice after the fact and is jailed on possible bail of $ 500,000.
Lawyers for Eriz and Lee declined to comment on Thursday.