BAKERSFIELD — A convicted felon out on release has been arrested after allegedly shooting a pregnant woman in southwest Bakersfield.
Bakersfield Police said an investigation led to them to 30-year-old Ruben Tony Cervantez, who they have arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted homicide, one count of domestic violence and two counts of child endangerment.
According to police spokesperson Michaela Beard, Cervantez is suspected of shooting an adult female victim who was determined to be pregnant at the time of the incident.
“The victim and her unborn child are being treated at a local hospital and are both in critical condition,” she said.
The incident began at 5:54 a.m. on May 29, when Bakersfield police received a call about a Hispanic male armed with a gun in the 4300 block of Sugarcane Avenue.
Just three minutes later police said they received what appeared to be a related call reporting of an adult female bleeding from a possible gunshot wound, as well as a three-year-old child inside a home in the 4300 block of Milo Avenue, just one block away.
When officers arrived on Milo they found the victim and the child, who did not appear to be injured but was taken in by Kern County Child Protective Services.
Officers found Cervantez just two hours later hiding in a home a few doors down from where the shooting occurred.
Beard said investigators believe there is a connection between Cervantez and the pregnant woman.
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