Authorities were looking Friday for a Texas inmate serving a life sentence for murder who escaped from a transport bus after stabbing the driver.
Gonzalo Lopez, 46, escaped on Thursday after overpowering the driver, whose injuries were not considered life-threatening, said Jason Clark, chief of staff for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The ministry said on Friday that a A reward of $22,500 was offered for information leading to Lopez’s capture.
Lopez was convicted in 2006 of killing a man along the Texas-Mexico border.
Lopez escaped to Leon County, a rural area between Dallas and Houston. Classes at the nearby Centerville Independent School District were canceled Friday as a precaution.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said multiple agencies were involved in the search, including aircraft from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Sixteen prisoners were on the bus, but no one else escaped, Clark said.
Leon County has a population of approximately 16,000 and is approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of the state prison headquarters.