CENTERVILLE, Texas.- The reward for the fugitive prisoner Gonzalo Artemio López rose to $50,000 dollars for anyone who provides information leading to their arrest, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced.
“We won’t rest until they catch Lopez”said Bryan Collier, executive director, a day after the inmate was added to the list of the 10 most wanted fugitives in Texas.
The 46-year-old fugitive already had two life sentences for capital murder and attempted capital murder, as well as a 15-year sentence for aggravated kidnapping. When he demanded a ransom for her victim and it was not paid, he murdered her.
He escapes and they don’t find him
The Thursday evening, López escaped while being transferred by bus. She managed to gain access to the driver’s compartment and attacked him.
They started fighting, got out of the bus, and at one point the driver – who is also a corrections officer – f He was stabbed by López in the hand and also in the chestsaid the spokesman for the state criminal justice department.
A guard in the back got out and shot at the tires of the bus. Later, López took the vehicle and lost control, so he left the grass.
The prisoner left the bus, and although they shot him several times, the guards believe that they have not succeeded. Currently he has been on the run for more than 48 hours and the authorities are still searching.
The history of the fugitive
López was found guilty of the murder of a 37-year-old man in events that occurred in 2005. In addition, López is affiliated with the American criminal organization Mexican Mafiaaccording to the Department of Public Safety.
According to the indictment, López kidnapped a man for ransom and threatened him with a firearm. He also restricted his movements.
Furthermore, he “intentionally caused at that time and place the death of an individual, namely, Jose Guadalupe Ramirezal hit him with a pickaxeand the defendant was at that time and there in the course of committing and attempting to commit the crime of kidnapping José Guadalupe Ramírez,” the indictment says.
The version of the defendant in his voluntary statement of the defendant is that the cartel informed him about Guadalupe, who allegedly He owed the group $40,000.
Additionally, Lopez has a list of numerous past offenses.
The inmate has three aggravated assault offenses between 1994 and 1995 in Hidalgo County, his prison history shows. Additionally, in 1994 he has multiple offenses, including possession of marijuana, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop and render aid – ie, a hit and run.
According to the Department of Public Safety, in 1996 he was sentenced to eight years in prison for two counts of aggravated assault.
Later in 2005, Lopez said in a voluntary defendant’s statement that in 2004 he was traveling to Laredo from Pharr, Texas, with Luis Carlos Mares, whose nickname is “WICHO”. He was also traveling with Lucía Oneida Ramírez, the statement says.
The intent of the trip was to kill someone in Laredo, López testified, and he was instructed to kill the person. However, an officer attempted to stop the vehicle.
Mares then reportedly shot the officer as they were driving, Lopez said. At the time they ran out of gasoline and López would have escaped from the scene. He also stated that after this, he was relocated to Mexico by the cartel.
Visits suspended in 43 penitentiary units
Due to the facts, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said that Visits have been suspended until further notice.
They are a total of 43 units and belong to regions I, II and VI.
“Due to ongoing efforts in the apprehension of fugitive inmate Gonzalo Lopez, visits to the following units will be canceled for May 15, 2022. Until further notice, please contact the unit prior to traveling for visits.” department publication.
They ask to give information about López
For anyone with information on the suspect, authorities asked Crime Stoppers to call 1-800-832-8477 o 936-437-5171.
The inmate is 6 feet tall and weighs 190 pounds. He was last seen in white clothing on Highway 7 in Leon County, between Dallas and Houston.