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Gun & car recovered, OCDA says charges pending in road rage killing

Suspects both are expected to be arraigned at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana / UPDATED STORY/

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Wynne Lee, 23, and Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24 (Booking photos via Orange County Sheriff's Department)

SANTA ANA, California Highway Patrol Border Division’s assistant chief says the agency has recovered the gun and the vehicle used in the road rage shooting death of 6 year-old Aiden Leos May 21. Wynne Lee, 23, and Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, were arrested last night at their home in Costa Mesa and are currently being held on on $1 million bail.

During the press conference Monday, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer told reporters that charges in the case were being worked out. CHP’s investigators had identified Lee as the driver of the vehicle and Eriz as the gunman. Spitzer said that filing of a murder charge against Lee would be difficult.

“We have to prove the same kind of knowledge and intent by the driver as we do with respect to the actual shooter,” Spitzer said. “Clearly that’s a bigger hill for us to climb with respect to the driver.”

Eriz and Lee are expected to be arraigned at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana.

“We have recovered what we believe are the weapon and automobile used in the crime,” Donald Goodbrand, CHP Border Division’s assistant chief, said. The vehicle had been described as a 2018-2019 white Volkswagen Golf SportWagen with untinted windows and a sunroof.

Goodbrand took time to thank the public and various agencies in helping with the investigation that led to the arrests. “Information from the public throughout this process has been extremely helpful,” he said but did not further elaborate as to whether or not the reward, which had gown to half a million dollars was a direct contribution to the investigation by means of a tip or tips.

The boy was being driven to kindergarten on the morning of May 21 when his mother and the suspects were involved in a perceived unsafe lane change on the 55 freeway near Orange, authorities told reporters, which then escalated, culminating with at least one shot being fired that penetrated the trunk of Leo’s mother’s car and struck the 6-year-old as he was strapped into a booster seat in the car’s rear seat. He was later transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The arrests of the suspects came one day after the funeral service in Yorba Linda for Leos.

UPDATE: TUESDAY JUNE 8 via the Los Angeles Times:

The shooting suspect in the road rage killing of 6-year-old Aiden Leos on the 55 Freeway last month, Marcus Anthony Eriz, has been charged with murder and discharge of a gun into an occupied vehicle, with sentencing enhancements for using a firearm causing great bodily injury or death while in commission of a murder.

A second suspect, Wynne Lee, 23, faces a charge of felony accessory after the fact, and a misdemeanor count of having a concealed firearm in a vehicle.

KTLA’s Chip Yost reports:

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LA County Parks winter classes are happening NOW!

Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, pick up a hobby or instrument or simply be more active, there’s a class for everyone

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LOS ANGELES – LA County Parks is here to make your 2022 memorable. If you have not yet taken one of our classes, now is the time to register! Meet us safely outdoors at a park near you or join a class virtually from the comfort of your own home.

Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, pick up a hobby or instrument or simply be more active, there’s a class for everyone. We offer a wide range of classes (held outdoors or virtually) for all ages.

FIND A CLASS TODAY

Here are just a few of the many classes we offer!

  • Arts & Culture: Music Mondays 🎵 Family & Me Music Class  
  • Computers and Technology: Become a Roblox Developer 💻 
  • Exercise and Fitness: Morning Senior Stretching (Virtual), Adrienne’s Salsa Cardio (Virtual) and Jay’s Fitness 365 Athletes ️ 
  • Health & Wellness: Brain Fit for Work and Life (Virtual), Integrating Essential Oils into your Everyday Life (Virtual) 🌱, Sound Bowl Healing Meditation  
  • Martial Arts: Karate and San Do Kai Karate  
  • Performing Arts, Music & Culture: Acting for the Camera (Virtual) 🎭, Ballet and Tap Dancing, Ballroom & Latin Dance 💃 and Modern Middle Eastern Belly Dance 
  • Special Interest Classes: Build, Paint & Race An Army Battle Tank, How to Become a Certified Livescan Provider (Virtual), Intro to Fashion Design (Virtual) 👗, Parent & Child Red Cross CPR, First Aid, AED and more 
  • Sports: Badminton, All Level Softball Clinics and European Tennis Academy 🎾
      

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

Our quick and easy 24/7 online registration system Active Net allows you to manage everyone’s schedule through a single household account. Sign up for Winter Classes for yourself, partner and children from your smartphone or computer. To learn more about Active Net, visit parks.lacounty.gov/reserve/.  

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for In-person Classes:
The health and well-being of park guests and staff is our top priority. In accordance with LA County Public Health, currently masks are required at all times for all participants.  Participants must maintain six feet physical distance from the instructor and staff at all times.

Follow LA County Parks on social media: Facebook @parks.lacounty.gov and Twitter/Instagram/TikTok @lacountyparks.

Share your experience using #LearnSomethingNew at #LACountyParks.  

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We’re Hiring! Become a LA County Pool Lifeguard!

Candidates will get paid for a 64-hour training which includes becoming certified though the American Red Cross in Emergency Medical Response

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LOS ANGELES – LA County Department of Parks and Recreation is hiring! This summer, the Department aims to hire over 250 new lifeguards to work at our 30 aquatic facilities, all across LA County. Not only is lifeguarding a fantastic way to kickstart your career, but it’s a great opportunity for young adults looking for part time employment while in school or looking for a career as a first responder.

Pool Lifeguards will receive a starting pay of $18.27, well above the minimum wage with opportunities to work year round. Applicants must be 17 years of age by time of appointment.

Those who meet the initial requirements will then be required to sign up and pass the Los Angeles County Swim Test. The Los Angeles County Swim Test consists of a 500-yard swim test that must be completed under 10 minutes. Upon completion of the test they will be invited to Pool Lifeguard Academy.

Candidates will get paid for a 64-hour training which includes becoming certified though the American Red Cross in Emergency Medical Response, CPR, AED, Lifeguarding, and First Aid.

SWIM TEST DATES AND LOCATIONS

Our Aquatics team is eager to help as many prospective candidates and interested students start a career path that can provide them with so many opportunities beyond lifeguarding!

Those who are interested in becoming a Pool Lifeguard are encouraged to attend an online “Open House” session to learn more about the position and answer questions.

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE SESSIONS: 

Session 1: January 19, 6pm tinyurl.com/mr36m9mn
or call in:+13237766996,,17084440#

Session 2: January 25,  5pm tinyurl.com/2p9a27ty
or call in: +13237766996,,573214358#

Session 3: January 26,  4pm tinyurl.com/5n8ks28c
or call in: +13237766996,,602797897#

APPLY TO BECOME A LIFEGUARD TODAY!

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Missing woman in WeHo, public’s help sought

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is asking for resident’s assistance in locating thirty-year-old Dalia Taqali who disappeared from West Hollywood Sunday night.

Taqali was last seen around 5 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Genesee Avenue, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Taqali is developmentally disabled and suffers from dissociative identity disorder, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

Taqali’s family is concerned for her well-being and is asking for help finding her.

Investigators said she may be headed near the area of Sunset Boulevard and North Curson Avenue in Hollywood.

Taqali stands 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a black hoodie, green backpack, black purse and blue stud earrings on both ears.

Authorities also said Taqali has a scar on her abdominal area and is missing a front tooth.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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