TUSTIN – Police are investigating any connection between slain construction worker Jeremy Lewis and the 20-year-old man accused of last week’s shooting rampage.
A judge over the weekend issued a search warrant for the phone records of Lewis in the case of Ali Syed, who police believe killed a 20-year-old woman at his parents’ home in Ladera Ranch before embarking on a string of carjackings and shootings through several Orange County cities.
Tustin police expect to receive the phone records early this week and will look for anything that could establish a relationship between Syed and Lewis, Lt. Paul Garavan said.
“Hopefully, that’ll give us some better direction,” he said.
A motive for the early morning crime spree on Feb. 19 has remained a mystery. Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s computer-forensics lab already are examining the computers and phone records of Syed and Courtney Aoki, the first victim.
No information about what Aoki was doing in the home or how the two knew each other has been released.
Any connection between Syed, who police say killed himself, and the two other victims is also unknown.
Authorities said Syed killed 69-year-old Melvin Lee Edwards before stealing his car. The chairman of a Santa Ana-based aerospace manufacturing company was on his way to work. Lewis, 26, was shot while sitting in his vehicle near the construction site where he worked.
The Orange County coroner’s office has completed autopsies on the four, but officials are waiting for the results of toxicology reports.
By CLAUDIA KOERNER/ ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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