HAYWARD -- A Hayward couple was arrested on suspicion of murder Monday after doctors discovered that a man initially thought to have suffered head trauma in a car crash Saturday had been shot in the head before crashing his car in a Bank of America parking lot, police said.
Alexis Ericiga, 21, and Andrea McFall, 26, were arrested in the parking lot of a Taco Bell restaurant at 21600 Foothill Blvd. An investigation led authorities to suspect the two had lured the unidentified Hayward man to the ATM location at 24548 Clawiter Road in an attempt to rob him, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said.
The victim, identified only as a man in his 50s, was found unresponsive in his car at 4:38 a.m. with major head trauma after crashing his car over concrete car stops and into a tree.
While the incident was initially reported as a car crash, doctors who examined the man at the hospital discovered that the man had also been shot once in the head, Ormsby said. The man remained in critical condition for about 36 hours before he died at the hospital about 3 p.m. Sunday of injuries related to the gunshot wound.
According to Ormsby, a police investigation revealed the man may have been lured to the ATM location by a pair of would-be robbers, who planned to steal the man's money when he arrived for a meeting with the two, Ormsby said. While police say they don't know the extent of the relationship between the suspects and the victim, Ormsby said the three had prior contact to arrange the meeting in the parking lot.
"It seems kind of odd how everything went down, and we're trying to piece those things together right now," Ormsby said. "They talked to him on the phone and arranged to have a meeting there. What that meeting was for, we still don't know."
The couple made off with nothing in the attempted robbery Saturday, according to Ormsby, who would not speculate about whether leaving empty-handed spurred the couple to resort to violence.
Both Ericiga and McFall were arrested on suspicion of murder, robbery and conspiracy Monday, and remain in custody at Santa Rita Jail without bail. The investigation is ongoing.