Manhunt Monday: Raul Lopez Wanted for Assaulting a Deputy
EL PASO - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is looking for a truck driver accused of assaulting a deputy in April, 2009.
Deputy Jesus Gomez stopped a semi-truck that was suspected in a gas run. The driver, Raul Lopez, refused to get out and instead tried to drive away with the deputy still standing on the side of the truck.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Lopez punched the deputy several times and tried to throw him off the truck.
Lopez eventually lost control, slammed into a light pole and knocked it down. Deputy Gomez fell off the truck and landed on the shoulder of the road. He sustained several injuries.
Lopez drove away in the truck. Deputies searched for several hours, but did not catch him.
In a 2010 interview with America's Most Wanted, Deputy Gomez recalled the terrifying moments that day, "The first thing that came to my mind was instant fear. At that time I felt that my life was in danger and I thought I was going to die at that time. He did not make any intention to stop or slow down or anything else. I remember I was trying to hold on as best as I could, and I was holding on to him basically that's all I was doing" said Gomez.
Raul Lopez is wanted for assaulting a public servant and evading arrest. Deputies think Lopez might be in California, or he might have crossed into Mexico.
They also believe he is still in contact with family and friends in Clint, Fabens, El Paso and Juarez.
If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at 566-T-I-P-S (8477).