Two detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department were transporting 42-year-old Alberto Morales on a flight from Miami to Las Vegas through Houston, when he started acting erratically and wasn’t allowed to board the final connecting flight to Las Vegas, according to Miami-Dade police.
Police officials said the two detectives took Morales in a rental car to a Dallas area where they were going to meet up with a third detective before driving the rest of the way to Las Vegas.
A little after 10 p.m. Monday, while at the Wal-Mart in Grapevine, Texas where one of the detectives stopped to use the bathroom, Morales broke off the ear piece of his eyeglasses and stabbed 28-year veteran detective Jaime Pardinas multiple times before escaping from the rental car, according to Grapevine police. Pardinas was rushed to Parkland Hospital in serious but stable condition.
Local police started a massive manhunt that included U.S. Marshals and Texas Department of Public Safety officers. DPS also added Morales to the Texas Top 10 Most Wanted fugitives list and offered a $10,000 reward.
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Carroll ISD and Keller ISD all instituted a soft lockdown where all exterior doors to all the schools were locked.
Grapevine police are looking for a “vehicle of interest” stolen from a Super 8 Motel in Irving, a white Ford SUV with Texas license plate 19ZJW8. Police said the SUV had a handgun inside, but police could not confirm if Morales was the one who stole the vehicle.
Just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Texas Blue Alert Network was activated, which is much like an Amber Alert but is used when an officer is killed or seriously injured and the suspect is on the loose. The Blue Alert included the search for a white 2008 Ford Explorer.