The moment convicted murderer and Mexican mobster Gonzalo Lopez made his dramatic escape from a jail bus in rural Texas on May 12 was captured on a cell phone by a local resident.
Lopez, 46, can be seen in the clip walking into a wooded area.
The video was taken by fourth-grader Braxton Tieperman, who was in the car with his mother, Melanie, when the accident happened in Leon County, Texas.
You can hear Braxton say, ‘Yo, we’ve seen the prisoner! What does it matter?’
Melanie Tieperman later said: KAGS TV: “There was a prisoner in a white suit who got out of the bus, jumped the fence and then ran up the hill into the woods. The Jewett police officer was there and he didn’t try to chase the prisoner.’
Lopez had been the subject of an intense search since his escape. He was shot and killed by officers in Jourdantown, Texas, on June 2.
At one point in the video, it looks like Lopez is running towards a house. Braxton remarks, “Whoever is in that house may want to be careful.”
Lopez was serving a life sentence for manslaughter in 2005 and attempted murder in 2004 when he escaped in Leon County.
He was reportedly transported in a caged section of the prison bus for a medical appointment.
Authorities say he freed himself from shackles, stabbed the bus driver and hijacked the bus.
Lopez is suspected of murdering a man and his four grandchildren in their cabin.
Police were first alerted by a family member that the Centerville man was not answering calls.
The Crashed Prison Bus Lopez Traveled In
Lopez was serving two consecutive life sentences when he escaped
The suspect was being transported in a caged area of a prison bus for medical reasons when he escaped
An official described Lopez as “sly” and said the suspect had previously escaped custody
That led the officers to a rural cabin near Centerville in Leon County, in the same area where Lopez had escaped the bus.
The names of the five people found dead in the cabin were not immediately released by authorities.
The Tomball school district in suburban Houston said Friday that the four children were students and the adult their grandfather.
The children were between 11 and 18 years old.
The eldest graduated from high school last week, according to the grandfather’s brother-in-law, who posted about the murder on Facebook.
He described the loss of his family members as “unbearable.”
According to a Facebook post from the Tomball Little League, the oldest child was the referee.
The family’s 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was stolen by Lopez.
Authorities in Atascosa County — about 220 miles southwest of the cabin — saw the stolen pickup late Thursday night and tracked it, staying behind so as not to alert him to their presence, Sheriff David Soward said.
Jourdanton Police officers then used nail strips to flatten the truck’s tires.
Lopez was still able to drive on and stick his gun out the window and fire several shots at officers before hitting two telephone poles and a fence, Soward said.
“He got out of his truck. He fired extra shots. At least four officers fired back at the suspect,” Soward said.
When Lopez was shot and killed, he had an AR-15-style rifle and a handgun that authorities say had been taken from the cabin, said Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
This photo was taken by Melanie Tieperman shortly after her son filmed Lopez when he escaped
Officials said ‘a serious incident assessment’ is underway regarding Lopez’s escape
“We’re very saddened that the murders happened, but I’ll tell you we’re breathing a sigh of relief that Lopez can’t hurt anyone else,” Clark said.
Clark said “a serious incident investigation” into the escape will be conducted.
“It’s our duty to back off to find out how he escaped, how he violated our security protocols to get out of that transport vehicle,” Clark said.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Robert Hurst previously described Lopez as “sly.”
Hurst said Lopez had previously escaped in Webb County, Texas, where he hid for nine days before being recaptured, the report said. CBS News.
Lopez was transported from a Gatesville jail to a Huntsville jail for a medical appointment, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has said.
This undated photo from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows a white Chevy pickup truck Lopez was driving when he was shot and killed by authorities
He escaped in Leon County, a rural area between Dallas and Houston, more than 100 miles east of Gatesville.
According to the US Marshal’s Office, Lopez was associated with the Mexican mafia. Officials offered $50,000 for information leading to his arrest.
Lopez had a long criminal record, including a 1996 conviction on two counts of aggravated assault.
In 2006, Lopez was convicted of murder and aggravated kidnapping and given a life sentence. A year later, Lopez was given another life sentence after being convicted of attempted manslaughter.
Lopez is said to have been released on parole in April 2045.
Braxton Tieperman received a commendation from the Texas Rangers for his role in recording Lopez’s escape and being able to provide a description of where he saw the suspect run
Texas Ranger John T. Vance sent a letter to Braxton Tieperman thanking him for his role in leading officers to the spot where he had seen Lopez run from the prison bus.
Vance wrote in part, “The State of Texas needs more young citizens to stand in the breach and help us do our job of protecting the citizens of Texas from evil.”
He added, “After graduating from high school, I hope to consider working with me to protect the state of Texas.”