Three weeks ago, a convicted murderer escaped from a Texas prison, and he is still on the loose. Gonzalo Lopez, 46-year-old, escaped from a prison bus in an area halfway between Houston and Dallas on May 12 and hasn’t been seen since serving a life sentence for capital murder, attempted capital murder, aggravated assault, and aggravated kidnapping. Officials say Lopez is affiliated with the Mexican Mafia and has ties to the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. As a result, they increased the reward to $50,000.
TDCJ Inspector General Special Operations Group
May 12 – Escape
Gonzalo Artemio Lopez, TDCJ #01349716
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.
If you have seen this offender, the DPS asks you to call the Office of Inspector General hotline at (936) 437-5171 or local law enforcement. Do not approach.