Manhunt under way after convicted murderer escapes prison bus

Gonzalo Lopez, 46, was in jail for killing a man at the Mexico-Texas border (Pictures: Reuters/CBSDFW)

A murderer escaped a prisoner transport bus in the US and has been missing for three days now.

Gonzalo Lopez, 46, was convicted in 2006 after he Ki**ed a man at Mexico’s border with Texas.

He has been in jail ever since, most recently in the Texan city of Gatesville.

Lopez was one of 16 prisoners being transferred on a bus on Thursday, when he overpowered the driver, stabbed him and then completely vanished.

The driver was injured but his wounds are not life-threatening. No other prisoners escaped.

The dramatic break away took place in a rural area called Leon County – between Dallas and Houston.

A local school cancelled all its classes on Friday over fears about the dangerous man being on the loose.

The driver was overpowered and stabbed but his injuries are not life-threatening (Picture: CBSDFW)
A local school cancelled all its classes after Lopez escaped (Picture: Reuters)

The police and several other agencies, including aircraft from the Texas Department of Public Safety, are still searching for Lopez.

This is not the first movie-like escape in Texas.

Most recently, an MMA fighter who was suspected of killing two people fled from a transport van in 2019.

He was missing for nine hours and was eventually found hiding in a bin.

Closer to home, convicted killer from at HMP Thorn Cross in Appleton, Warrington, in March.

Farrington was convicted of manslaughter in 2009 after attacking and killing a prisoner in his cell at HMP Peterborough on September 11, 2008.

He previously escaped prison after running away while being treated at a hospital in Norfolk for a head injury in 2018.

He was found and arrested the next day.


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