A convicted murderer managed to escape police custody in Leon County, Texas, and is now on the run after he allegedly stabbed a guard as he was being taken for a medical.
A school in nearby Centerville was closed for the day on Friday over fears the fugitive was trying to hide in the city. Residents were asked to lock their doors and vehicles.
Gonzalo Lopez, 46, escaped on foot and is currently at large.
The escape happened when a bus was transporting him and other inmates along Highway 7 near Centerville. Lopez manages to slip her restraints and then attacked the bus driver, identified by police as Correctional Officer Randy Smith.
A Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson said a fight broke out on the bus, during which Lopez allegedly tried to grab the guard’s gun. Lopez allegedly cut the driver by hand with a makeshift blade before the bus crashed and he escaped.
Police are now searching for the escaped inmate and have asked the public to stay away from him and call 911 if they spot the man.
15 other inmates were on the prison bus when it crashed
Gonzalo Lopez, a convicted murderer, took control of a prison bus and smashed it before escaping into a field.
After slipping his restraints, he stabbed the bus driver in the hand and attempted to grab his pistol before crashing into the bus.
While the two bus guards struggled against Lopez, 15 other inmates were still restrained and seated in the vehicle.
None of the inmates were reported injured during the fight or during the accident. There is no indication that any of the other inmates attempted to escape from their seat during the incident.
Graig GraziosiMay 13, 2022 6:30 p.m.
Schools closed for fear of fugitives
Schools in Centerville were closed on Friday as a precaution after convicted murderer Gonzalo Lopez escaped from prison.
After Lopez escaped on Thursday, classes were cut short and students were sent home. On Friday, schools remained closed and residents were told to lock their doors and vehicles.
Residents who may see Lopez are being warned by police not to approach him and to call 911 and report his location
Graig GraziosiMay 13, 2022 5:21 p.m.
A prison guard shot Lopez as he fled the prison bus
Jimmy Brinegar, the second correctional officer on the prison bus carrying Gonzalo Lopez, shot the inmate multiple times as he escaped.
Lopez, a convicted murderer, slipped his restraints and stabbed the bus driver with a knife. The bus crashed and Lopez fled, prompting Mr. Brinegar to shoot him.
It is not known if Mr. Brinegar hit Lopez.
Graig GraziosiMay 13, 2022 4:50 p.m.
How did Lopez manage to escape?
Gonzalo Lopez, a convicted murderer in Texas, managed to escape from prison, but not without violence and by crashing a bus.
The inmate is now on the run, sparking a multi-agency manhunt across Texas and beyond its borders.
For more on Lopez’s escape, read Rachel Sharp’s story below:
Graig GraziosiMay 13, 2022 4:19 p.m.
Lopez was serving a life sentence at the time of his escape
Gonzalo Lopez, the convicted murderer who escaped from prison on Friday, was serving a life sentence for the murder of a man in Hidalgo County and the attempted murder of another man in the Webb County.
Lopez worked for the La Mana drug cartel – based in Tamaulipas, Mexico – in 2015. During that time, he killed Lupe Ramirez over a $40,000 drug debt.
As is common with many Mexican drug cartels, the execution was brutal, with Lopez reportedly tying up the man and throwing him into a shallow grave before murdering him with a pickaxe.
Graig GraziosiMay 13, 2022 4:07 p.m.
Welcome to the live blog
welcome to The Independents live blog following the escape from prison of convicted murderer Gonzalo Lopez.
Lopez allegedly stabbed a prison guard with a makeshift blade as he was transferred to a prison bus. The bus crashed and he fled on foot. He is still on the run.
Stay with The Independent throughout the day for updates on the manhunt for Lopez.
Graig GraziosiMay 13, 2022 4:04 p.m.
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