U.S. Marshals search for wanted fugitive Jonnie Lopez

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Authorities continue to search for a wanted fugitive Wednesday, July 24th after searching an apartment complex Tuesday night, July 23rd near the intersection of Jackson and Juneau on Milwaukee's lower East Side.

FOX6 News has learned the fugitive being sought is Jonnie Lopez — most recently featured on FOX6′s Wisconsin’s Most Wanted.

jonnie lopez gimpedMarshals say they tried to capture Lopez on the seventh floor of the building Tuesday evening, but it is believed he exited through the balcony of that apartment, and made his way onto the third floor of another complex.

Officials are reaching out to tenants and others in the area for help locating him.

Marshals say 28-year-old Lopez has a criminal past involving gun, drugs and gang ties.

Lopez was scheduled to plead guilty to drug charges in March, but Marshals say that never happened. About a month beforehand, Lopez was involved in an incident on Milwaukee’s south side.

Authorities say Lopez and two others lured an individual to a towing lot with possible interest in vehicle titles. Police are looking into whether Lopez attempted to take the titles by force.

The potential victim fired into the air, scaring the men off. Shortly after the incident, authorities say Lopez vanished.

Lopez is described as being 5’9″ tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He has a tattoo that says ‘Lopez’ on the right side of his neck.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates.