Arrest in Deaths of Pregnant Teen, Unborn Child

Ruben Anthony Cepeda, 21, was wanted for the double-homicide of Viridiana Rodriguez and her unborn child

A man wanted for the shooting deaths of an Escondido teenager and her unborn child has been captured. 

Ruben Anthony Cepeda, 21, was captured in Mexico and as of 2 a.m. Monday, was turned over to U.S. authorities.

Cepeda has been sought on a $1 million arrest warrant for the April 7 shooting that killed Viridiana Rodriguez, 18, and her unborn child/

Viridiana Rodriguez was approximately five months pregnant when she was shot in a unit of the Estancia Apartments at 725 N. Fig Street.

Family members said Rodriguez and Cepeda were planning to move into the apartment together at the time of the shooting.

Jesse Lopez, 22, of Poway, Calif. was arrested two weeks after the shooting on charges he was an accessory.

Escondido police said around 2 a.m. Monday, their officers received information from the U.S. Marshal's Office that Cepeda had been captured in Mexico.

After Cepeda was released to marshals on the U.S. side of the border, he was turned over to Escondido police detectives and brought back to the Escondido Police Department for questioning and processing.

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