CENTERVILLE, Texas – Authorities were searching for a Texas prisoner serving a life sentence on Friday for murder who escaped from a shuttle bus after stabbing the driver.
Gonzalo Lopez, 46, escaped custody Thursday after dominating the driver, whose injuries were not considered life-threatening, said Jason Clark, chief of staff to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The department said on Friday that the A reward of $ 22,500 was offered for information leading to the capture of Lopez.
Lopez was convicted in 2006 of killing a man on the Texas-Mexico border.
Lopez escaped in Leon County, a rural area between Dallas and Houston. Classes in Centerville’s next independent school district were canceled on Friday as a precaution.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said several agencies were involved in the search, including Texas Department of Homeland Security aircraft.
Sixteen prisoners were on board the bus, but no one else escaped, Clark said.
Leon County has about 16,000 inhabitants and is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of the state prison headquarters.
Prison records show Lopez was recently detained in a jail in Gatesville, more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from where authorities were searching.
Other inmates in Texas have also escaped from transportation vehicles over the years. Among the most recent was in 2019 when an MMA fighter suspected of killing two people fled a van and was missing for nine hours. Authorities said they finally found him hiding in a trash can.
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