TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A suspected East Texas child killer is now one of the top 15 most wanted fugitives in America.
The U.S. Marshal's Office just added 26-year-old Simon Lopez to their list. Lopez is accused of killing his girlfriend's one-year-old baby, Jeremy Silva, last November.
A medical examiner determined Jeremy died from a torn atrium in his heart due to blunt force trauma to his chest. Authorities also discovered other signs of abuse including strangulation, broken ribs and severe bruising over Jeremy's body.
Recent leads in this case led law enforcement to a hotel in Dallas. When officers from the Dallas Police Department attempted to apprehend Lopez, he struggled with the officers, unsuccessfully tried to take an officer's weapon and managed to evade arrest. He is wanted in Dallas for assault on a public servant.
Lopez has an extensive criminal history including arrests for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing bodily injury, unlawful carrying a weapon, possession of marijuana and theft.
Lopez is a white male of Hispanic descent, 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He has a mole on his forehead and a tattoo on his neck. Lopez is considered armed and extremely violent.
A reward up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Lopez's arrest. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov