A man suspected of shooting down a young child during an attack in Southern California drew a gun at another motorist days after the massacre, officials said Wednesday.
Suspect Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, has a fierce temper and should be kept behind bars to protect the public, Orange County Assistant DA Whitney Bokosky said in court papers requesting increased bail.
Eriz is accused of killing 6-year-old Aiden Leos on May 21 when he was driven to kindergarten that morning by his mother, Joanna Cloonan.
Officials say Eriz and his girlfriend, Wynne Lee, 23, were driving on State Route 55, the Costa Mesa Freeway in Orange, when their fast, swinging car cut off Cloonan. The mother then turned her middle finger towards them, prosecutors said.
The gesture allegedly furious Eriz, who then pulled out his 9mm Glock 17 and opened fire, killing Aiden in the back seat, prosecutors said.
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 make defendant Eriz angry, Bokosky wrote.
“Defendant Eriz again took out his gun and swung it at the driver of the Tesla. This driver told the defendants that he had called the police and then he drove away.”
Eriz and Lee are scheduled to appear before a judge on Friday.
“Defendant Eriz is an extreme danger to society,” Bokosky wrote. “He’s shown he can’t control his temper, and he goes to extremes in the snap of a finger when he’s angry.”
Eriz has been charged with murder and is being held instead of a $ 2 million bail. Lee is accused of acting as an accessory after that fact and is jailed with a possible bond of $ 500,000.
Lawyers for both defendants could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday.