‘Acquaintance’ arrested in slaying of UPS driver in Orange County

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The Irvine Police Department has released the identity of the man accused of shooting and killing a UPS driver in his truck on Thursday.

According to a release from police, Rhean Fontanoza, 46, was the attacker who pulled up alongside Expedito Cuesta De Leon, 50, at Chrysler and Bendix streets in Irvine at about 3 p.m.

De Leon was declared dead at the scene.

Rhean Fontanoza is seen in an undated image provided by the Irvine Police Department.

Fontanoza, meanwhile, was located about an hour later and eventually arrested after a standoff with a SWAT team.

A motive for the attack has not been disclosed, but both men are from Aliso Viejo, and “it appears Fontanoza and De Leon were acquaintances,” police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Craig Voors at 949-724-7131 or email cvoors@cityofirvine.org.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.