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Texas inmate Gonzalo Lopez escapes prison bus, stabs driver as search continues

Texas inmate Gonzalo Lopez escapes prison bus stabs driver as


Authorities were searching Friday for a Texas inmate serving a life sentence for murder who escaped from a transport bus after stabbing the driver.

Gonzalo Lopez, 46, escaped custody Thursday after he overpowered the driver, whose injuries were not considered life-threatening, said Jason Clark, chief of staff for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The department said Friday that a $22,500 reward was being offered for information leading to the capture of Lopez.

Lopez was convicted in 2006 of killing a man along the Texas-Mexico border.

Lopez escaped in Leon County, a rural area between Dallas and Houston. Classes in the nearby Centerville Independent School District were canceled Friday as a precaution.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said several agencies were involved in the search, including aircraft from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the search after the escape, as aircraft from the Texas Department of Public Safety was used.
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Gonzalo Lopez escaped from the transport bus, where sixteen prisoners were aboard the bus in Leon County on March 13, 2022.
Gonzalo Lopez escaped from the transport bus, where sixteen prisoners were aboard the bus in Leon County on March 13, 2022.
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Sixteen prisoners were aboard the bus, but no one else escaped, Clark said.

Leon County has roughly 16,000 residents and is about 50 miles north of the state’s prison headquarters.





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