On February 11, 2013, two detectives from the Sheriffs Services Bureau, Warrants Section, were transporting a prisoner to Nevada when one of the detectives, Jaime Pardinas, a twenty-eight year veteran, was stabbed multiple times. He is being treated at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas and is listed in serious condition.
Alberto Morales was apprehended in Nevada in 2008 and was brought to Miami, Florida, where he was incarcerated pending the resolution of a 2003 City of Miami case for the following charges: two counts of Burglary/With Assault or Battery Armed, two counts of Kidnapping/With a Weapon to Aggravated Battery, and five counts of Sexual Battery/With a Deadly Weapon/Serious Injury. On December 3, 2012, Morales entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment which is to run consecutive to the Nevada sentence.
Detectives Pardinas and Carrero were transporting Morales back to Nevada on a Miami-Houston-Las Vegas flight. Prior to landing in Houston, Morales began acting erratically. As a result of this behavior, they were not allowed to board the connecting flight to Las Vegas. The detectives rented a vehicle and continued to carry out their duties of delivering the prisoner to his final destination. A third detective was en route to meet them in Dallas to assist with the ground transport. During a stop in Grapevine, Texas, awaiting the third detective's arrival, they stopped at a local establishment to use the restroom. While one of the detectives was inside the establishment, Morales used an unknown weapon to stab Det. Pardinas multiple times and then fled the scene. A perimeter was immediately established and a manhunt ensued.
Det. Pardinas was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.
The State of Texas has placed Alberto Morales on their 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list and is offering a reward for information. Please click on the following link for additional information regarding the reward. Texas Department of Public Safety, 10 Most Wanted Fugitives.