He had killed a person with a pickaxe in 2005 and tried to shoot a sheriff’s deputy the 12 months earlier than, officers mentioned.
“I can’t reiterate sufficient how harmful this man is and the way the general public’s assist is required in finding him,” mentioned Texas Division of Legal Justice spokesperson Robert Hurst on Friday. “If anyone has seen him, if anyone has any cause to consider he is been on their property please contact native regulation enforcement officers by means of 9-1-1.”
Lopez is 6-feet tall and weighs 185 kilos with “tattoos on his again, stomach and chest,” in response to the Texas Division of Public Security Bulletin. He additionally has a burn scar on the fitting facet of his neck.
Greater than 300 regulation enforcement personnel had been looking for Lopez within the rural space close to Centerville in Leon County, about 120 miles north of Houston, aided by canine groups and helicopters, in response to Hurst.
He pressured that members of the general public shouldn’t attempt to tackle the inmate themselves. “If he is managed to get someplace else please contact regulation enforcement there inform them that you simply assume you have seen this escaped convict and also you need to get him in custody. Don’t try to have interaction him your self — he is simply too darned harmful.”
Pictures fired at Lopez throughout escape
The transport bus, with 16 inmates on board, had been touring on Freeway 7 when Lopez escaped his restraints and entered the protected driving compartment, Hurst mentioned.
The driving force, Officer Randy Smith, managed to cease the car whereas being assaulted by Lopez and a second officer — Officer Jimmie Brinegar — exited the again of the bus and shot out the again tires whereas his colleague and Lopez had been struggling outdoors.
“Then Lopez acquired again on the bus and drove it about one other mile down the street with its again tires shot out,” Hurst mentioned. “The opposite inmates by no means acquired off the bus.”
As Lopez fled the bus, Brinegar fired along with his service weapon in addition to a shotgun, Hurst mentioned at a media briefing Thursday. “We have no idea if the inmate was hit by any of those pictures. Final we noticed him he was fleeing throughout the cow pasture west of Centerville.”
Requested about forecasts of near 100 diploma climate Saturday, Hurst mentioned he anticipated such situations would make it tougher for the felon.
“It’ll make it actual troublesome for him if he is nonetheless right here. If he is nonetheless on this space he is getting actual thirsty, and he is getting actual scorching and he’ll begin being very uncomfortable if he isn’t already.”
Hurst mentioned that Lopez’s white jail uniform had not but been discovered however that it was nonetheless doable he may have modified his garments. Freeway 7 between Interstate 45 and Marquez was closed and the general public was nonetheless additionally being requested to keep away from freeway 79 between Buffalo and Marquez, he mentioned.
Meantime, the investigation was persevering with as to how Lopez was in a position to break away from his restraints and get by the compartment the place the officer driving the bus was seated. There’s a secured door with metallic mesh round it, Hurst mentioned.
“One way or the other, we do not know but how that occurred,” Hurst mentioned. “He acquired up beneath. He used some sort of a tool to chop out the underside of that door. He acquired down beneath the door — he crawled beneath the door and when he acquired it when he acquired by that opening that he minimize open, that is when he began battling the officer.”
When requested whether or not Lopez had assist, Hurst mentioned the investigation had not answered that but.