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Reward Raised to $50K; Still No Sign of Texas Inmate Who Escaped Prison Bus

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 search continues for a Texas inmate serving a life sentence for murder who escaped from a transport bus after stabbing the driver. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said the reward for his capture is now up to $50,000.

Gonzalo Lopez escaped custody Thursday in Leon County, a rural area between Dallas and Houston. The bus driver's injuries weren't considered life-threatening. Classes were canceled Friday in the nearby Centerville Independent School District as a precaution.

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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 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. If you know of his whereabouts, please call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-832-8477 or 936-437-5171.

Officials say 16 prisoners were aboard the bus, but no one else escaped.

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

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