U.S. Marshals Assisting in Search for Escapee From TX Prison Bus
$50,000 reward offered for info leading to capture
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For Immediate Release
Waco, TX – The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force-Waco Division is assisting the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with the fugitive investigation of a Texas prison inmate who escaped custody on May 12 while being transported by bus for high-risk inmates in a rural area near Centerville.
Gonzalo Artemio Lopez, 46, is described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet tall and 185 pounds and heavily tattooed.
Lopez reportedly got out of his restraints and a metal cage before stabbing an officer and stealing the transport bus. Lopez was last seen running into the woods off Highway 7.
The Leon County Sheriff's Office issued warrants May 12 for Lopez’s arrest for escape and aggravated assault against a public servant.
Lopez is affiliated with the Mexican Mafia and has ties to the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. Do not attempt to apprehend this fugitive.
"The Marshals Service has elevated Gonzalo Lopez to major case status and is contributing up to $10,000 toward his capture," said U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas Susan Pamerleau. "We sincerely hope this money will serve as an incentive for someone who knows something to do the right thing and contact us. The sooner we get him back into custody, the better."
A combined reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to Lopez’s capture. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact TDCJ Office of Inspector General CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171 or your local law enforcement agency at 911. Tips may also be sent to the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102 or via the USMS Tips app.
- In 1996, Lopez was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and received two eight-year sentences. In 2006, he was convicted of capital murder and aggravated kidnapping and was sentenced to life in prison. Additionally, Lopez received a second life sentence after he was convicted for attempted capital murder in 2007.
- The driver’s injuries were not life-threatening, and the stolen transport bus was later disabled.
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force mission is to locate and apprehend violent offenders at the federal, state and local level. Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force include the U.S. Marshals Service, Austin Police Department, Bastrop County Sheriff's Office, Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office, Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Blanco County Sheriff's Office, Brewster County Sheriff's Department, Brenham Police Department, Burleson County Sheriff's Office, Burnet County Sheriff's Office, Caldwell County District Attorney's Office, Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, Comal County Sheriff's Office, Crockett County Sheriff's Department, Culberson County Sheriff's Department, Ector County Sheriff's Office, El Paso County Sheriff's Department, El Paso Police Department, Hays County Sheriff's Office, Hudspeth County Sheriff's Department, Mason County Sheriff's Department, McLennan County Sheriff's Office, Midland County Sheriff's Office, Midland Police Department, Odessa Police Department, Presidio County Sheriff's Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Department, San Antonio Independent School District Police, San Antonio Police Department, San Marcos Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Office of Inspector General, Texas Rangers, Travis County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Border Patrol, Uvalde County Sheriff's Office, Uvalde Texas Police Department, Val Verde County Sheriff's Office, Waco Police Department, Williamson County Constable – Precinct 1, 2 and 3, Williamson County District Attorney's Office, and the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at https://www.usmarshals.gov.
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