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New Photos; Inmate Escaped Restraints, Cage Before Stealing Prison Bus; $50K Reward Stands

Texas Department of Criminal Justice posted on social media that the reward for information leading to capture is up to $50,000

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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice released new photos of Gonzalo Lopez Wednesday, the inmate serving a life sentence for murder who officials now say got out of his restraints and a metal cage before stabbing an officer and stealing a transport bus last week.

Gonzalo Lopez escaped custody on May 12 in Leon County, a rural area between Dallas and Houston. The bus driver's injuries weren't considered life-threatening and none of the 16 other prisoners on board the bus escaped.

The TDCJ shared new photos on Twitter Wednesday, showing Lopez wearing a white prison uniform as he was escorted to the prison bus on the morning of his escape.

Lopez, the TDCJ said, was being transported from the Hughes Unit in Gatesville to the Estelle Unit in Huntsville for a medical appointment.

Lopez was convicted in 2006 of killing a man along the Texas-Mexico border. The TDCJ said that "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."

Officials said Lopez removed his restraints, cut through expanded metal and crawled out through the bottom of the cage where he then attacked the driver.

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Gonzalo Lopez, 46, escaped custody Thursday after he overpowered the driver of a prison transport bus. The driver's injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The driver stopped the bus and fought with Lopez on and off the bus. As a second officer approached, Lopez got back on the bus and drove away. The TDCJ said the officers fired at Lopez, disabling the bus. Lopez then escaped into a wooded area.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice posted video and photos on social media showing TDCJ, the Texas Department of Public Safety and law enforcement agencies using horse and canine teams to search for in rural Leon County on Sunday.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says a $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Lopez's capture. He is considered dangerous and anyone that sees him is urged to call 911 or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171.

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