“Whereas these arrests is not going to ease the ache of a mom’s loss, my hope is for the Leos household to have some peace of thoughts and to relaxation assured the CHP will work with the Orange County District Legal professional to carry justice for Aiden,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray stated within the launch.
The suspects had been recognized as Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and Wynne Lee, 23, in a information launch from the California Freeway Patrol issued Sunday evening.
The suspects had been arrested at their house in Costa Mesa, and “are anticipated to be charged with homicide,” the discharge stated.
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Arrest made after ‘intense manhunt’
Aiden’s sister Alexis Cloonan had made an emotional plea for folks to assist determine her brother’s killer.
“Please assist us discover the those who did this to my little brother. He is solely six and he was so candy,” Cloonan stated by way of tears after the taking pictures.
“There was highway rage on the freeway and somebody pulled out a gun and shot my little brother within the abdomen,” she advised reporters. “He stated, ‘Mommy my tummy hurts,’ so she went and he or she picked him up and he was bleeding on her. She had blood on her garments.”
Police stated within the launch saying the arrests that the taking pictures occurred after a “perceived unsafe lane change.”
A reward for info within the case had grown to $450,000 final week after the Costa Mesa Metropolis Council voted unanimously so as to add $50,000 to the reward fund.
Officers haven’t stated if anybody will obtain the reward cash following the arrests.
The arrests come after investigators performed “an intensive manhunt utilizing the sources of allied companies, the Orange County District Legal professional’s Workplace, and most significantly, leaders inside the Orange County/Southern California communities,” in response to the discharge.
CHP Border Division Chief Omar Watson thanked the group for its “‘indescribable outpouring of concern and tons of of ideas that helped investigators discover the killers,” the discharge stated.
“The Division has been in common contact with the sufferer’s household and I guarantee you they, like us, are dedicated to seeing justice served,” he added.
“Each time I go the freeway, I need to cry,” Jessie Palomo advised the affiliate. She and her youngsters lit candles on the memorial. “That is now a spot that everybody is aware of about, sadly, in a tragic, tragic manner. However as a group, we have at all times bought to face collectively.”
Group member Cheryl Gish advised KCAL the arrest has introduced some justice however will not carry Aiden again.
She and her husband additionally visited the memorial website for Aiden on an overpass above the 55 Freeway the place he misplaced his life, the affiliate reported.
“I am grateful that they’ve any person in custody,” Gish stated, in response to KCAL. “It does not carry the little boy again, little Aiden’s gone, however I am so grateful some justice might be served.”
CNN’s Alta Spells contributed to this report.