The man suspected of fatally shooting a United Parcel Service driver on his route in Irvine last week was on disability from the company and a childhood friend of the victim, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said on Tuesday, May 21.

Rhean Jalipa Fontanoza, 46, of Aliso Viejo was arrested over the weekend after he spent days in a hospital following his standoff in Orange with police while barricading in a pickup truck just hours after officials said he shot and killed Expedito Ceusta De Leon, 50, also of Aliso Viejo.

Fontanoza has now been charged with special-circumstance murder, the DA’s Office said.

Fontanoza is believed to have tracked De Leon down after accessing his route through a UPS computer at the Aliso Viejo hub they both worked, according to the DA’s Office.

The D.A.’s office accused Fontanoza of pulling up alongside De Leon’s UPS truck and suddenly opening firing 14 times.

Prosecutors described Fontanoza as a friend of De Leon’s since childhood. But they said police had not yet determined why Fontanoza sought to kill the married father of two who had told friends and colleagues he was looking forward to retirement.

“Mr. De Leon was just going about his day, doing his job with no idea his longtime friend was stalking him with every intent to kill him,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said. “The depravity involved to plot and carry out a plan to execute someone you shared a lifetime of memories is not something anyone of us can wrap our heads around. No life should have to end like this and it is a tragedy that should have never happened.”

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