RICHMOND-- Authorities are searching for a 26-year-old man in connection with the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old high school football player, a police spokeswoman said.

Matthew John Capanis is wanted in connection with the death of Ulises Grijalva in Richmond on Sunday, Lt. Bisa French said. Investigators have no leads as to the suspect's whereabouts, and he is considered armed and dangerous.

Police said Monday the shooting of Grijalva may have been gang-related, but those who knew the teen said he was not in a gang. Grijalva, a Richmond native, was shot to death about 9:30 p.m. in the 200 block of West MacDonald Avenue, French said.

Matthew John Capanis sought in connection with shooting of teen.
Matthew John Capanis sought in connection with shooting of teen. (Richmond police)

Capanis is described as a Hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 180 pounds, with multiple tattoos on his back and arms.

Records from the suspect's prior arrests show weapons charges and crimes of violence in Contra Costa County, French said. He was released to a Lafayette residence in October 2011 following a domestic violence conviction under the state's prison realignment plan, AB 109.

A second suspect, 29-year-old Jacob Stephens of Antioch, was arrested Sunday while trying to flee the scene, French said. Stephens is currently in custody on a parole violation awaiting impending murder charges.

Anyone with information about this case may contact Detective Jason Wentz at 510-621-1259 or Detective Dan Wellhausen at 510-620-6860.


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