UPDATE: May 18, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is releasing new photos of escapee Gonzalo Lopez. The pictures were taken from surveillance footage on the morning of the escape as the inmate is being escorted to the prison bus.
On May 12, the 46-year-old was being transported from the Hughes Unit in Gatesville to the Estelle Unit in Huntsville for a medical appointment. Due to his criminal history and restrictive housing status, inmate Lopez was being transported in a separate, caged area of the bus, designated for high-risk inmates. During the transport, inmate Lopez defeated his restraints, cut through the expanded metal, crawled out through the bottom of the cage, and attacked the driver. The officer stopped the bus and engaged in an altercation with inmate Lopez, both eventually exiting the bus. The second officer at the rear of the bus exited the rear door and approached inmate Lopez, who then reentered the bus and began driving down the road. The officers fired shots at the inmate and disabled the bus by shooting the rear tire. The bus traveled a short distance and then left the roadway, where inmate Lopez exited and ran into the woods off of Highway 7 in Leon County.
Those with information on the suspect should call TDCJ OIG Crime Stoppers at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171. Lopez is approximately 6′ 0″ feet tall and 190 lbs. and was last seen wearing white clothing in a wooded area off of Highway 7 in Leon County. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of Lopez.
UPDATE: May 14, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
The reward for information leading to the capture of escapee Gonzalo Lopez has been raised to $50,000*. On May 12, the 46-year-old inmate who was serving a life sentence for capital murder and attempted capital murder assaulted a correctional officer on a transport bus and then fled from the vehicle. TDCJ, Office of Inspector General, DPS, and multiple law enforcement agencies are continuing the search for Lopez.
“We will not rest until Lopez is caught,” said Executive Director Bryan Collier.“ I want to personally thank all of the agencies who are assisting in this massive search and those agencies that are contributing to the reward. Should you have information on his whereabouts, please contact the Crime Stoppers tip line.”
Those with information on the suspect should call TDCJ OIG Crime Stoppers at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171. Lopez is approximately 6′0″ feet tall and 190 lbs. and was last seen wearing white clothing in a wooded area off of Highway 7 in Leon County.
*Texas Department of Public Safety offering a $35,000 reward, U.S. Marshals offering a $10,000 reward, and the TDCJ OIG offering a $5,000 reward.
UPDATE: May 13, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
A $22,500* reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of escapee Gonzalo Lopez. Do not approach Lopez - please contact TDCJ OIG Crime Stoppers at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171 or your local law enforcement agency at 911. You can also leave a tip via the TDCJ-OIG Online Tip Form.
* U.S. Marshals offering a $10,000 reward, Texas Department of Public Safety offering a $7,500 reward, and the TDCJ offering a $5,000 reward.
POSTED: May 12, 2022
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is searching for an escaped inmate in Leon County. 46-year-old Gonzalo Lopez assaulted a correctional officer on a transport bus and then fled from the vehicle. TDCJ, OIG, and multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for the inmate near Highway 7 westbound in Leon County approximately 1.5 miles from Interstate 45. Lopez is serving a life sentence for capital murder out of Hidalgo County and attempted capital murder out of Webb County. If you spot Lopez, immediately contact 911 and do not approach him.
For media inquiries please contact Robert Hurst at 936-577-4934
A staging area is located at the Dairy Queen westbound on Highway 7.
Main Tip Line: (936) 437-5105
TDCJ-OIG Crime Stoppers: (800) 832-8477
For more information, visit the OIG Fugitive Watch site.