A Florida prisoner `being driven by officers to another jail in Nevada reportedly escaped custody this week by injuring a detective during a stop just outside Dallas, Texas.
Authorities are looking for Alberto Morales, 42, after he escaped custody during a ground transport to a prison in Nevada.
Detective Jaime Pardinas, 54, and fellow Miami-Dade Detective David Carrero had been transporting Morales to Nevada on Monday when they stopped at a Wal-Mart in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to wait for another officer.
While Carrero went inside, Pardinas remained in the car with Morales. The three men had flown to Houston, and the detectives decided to drive the rest of the way to Nevada, because Morales was disruptive during the first flight. However, department policy requires three officers to be present for ground transfers of prisoners.
Somehow, Morales got a hold of eye glasses, and used a broken piece to stab Detective Pardinas multiples times. The detective underwent emergency surgery for a collapsed lung and deep stab wounds to his neck, shoulder, and back. On Wednesday, it was reported that Pardinas remained in the hospital, but was in stable condition.
After being stabbed, Pardinas called police and could be heard breathing heavily on the recording. During the call, Pardinas described Morales’ physically and also said he was “schizophrenic.”
Since Morales’ escape, inmates at the Florida prison at which he was held have told authorities Morales made it very clear he was not going back to prison. How he managed to stab Detective Pardinas while “appropriately” shackled, handcuffed and chained is still unknown.
The Wal-Mart parking lot where he escaped was not far from the Dallas-Fort Worth International airport, and officials from both Texas and Miami-Dade were searching the area.
Morales was being transferred to Nevada, where he was to serve between 30 years to life after being convicted of sexual assault with a weapon. He will not likely face charges of escape and attempted murder of a peace officer.