Reward Doubled on Murder Suspect Ruben Cepeda

ESCONDIDO — Crime Stoppers on Monday doubled the reward to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend.

Ruben Cepeda

Ruben Anthony Cepeda

Hispanic Male

21 years old

5′-08″, about 150 lbs

Black hair

Brown Eyes

Escondido police continue to search for Ruben Anthony Cepeda, 21, who fled his Fig Street apartment on April 7 after the shooting of his girlfriend, 19-year-old Viridiana Rodriguez.

Search warrant documents indicate some question might exist as to whether the shooting was intentional or accidental. The couple was in a bedroom, heard laughing and talking, when the gun went off, the records state. He told one of the witnesses in the apartment that it was an accident.

Rodriguez was about four months pregnant when she died. Family and friends held a funeral on Monday.

Police are hoping to establish contact with Cepeda and urged him to call detectives or surrender so he can explain himself.

If anyone has information about Cepeda, call the Escondido Police Department immediately @ 760.839.4722. As a reminder, if anyone sees Cepeda, do not contact him and instead call 911 immediately. San Diego County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case. Callers can make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 888 580-8477 or send an anonymous text or web tip at