Alberto Morales, plain and simple, is a dangerous fugitive. Very dangerous. He is also reportedly schizophrenic.
(Update. Alberto Morales was shot and killed by three officers near Grapevine Lake late Friday night.)
He was being escorted to Nevada to begin serving a 30-year-to-life sentence after being convicted of sexual assault with a weapon for a violent attack that happened in Las Vegas back in 2003 when he escaped and the manhunt for violent fugitive Alberto Morales in underway with more officers joining in the efforts to find him.
After being convicted of the attack in Nevada, he was sent to Florida to face other charges of violent sexual assault so that in the event he was ever released from jail in Nevada, he would serve an additional 10 years of prison time in Florida.
(note – having lived in Las Vegas for a long very time, I recall that Morales was arrested in Florida, however there seems to be no information about that – none. Not even a record of the attack here in Vegas. Online records show that his latest arrest was in Florida in December of 2010.)
Anyway, he was being escorted back to Carson City, Nevada from Florida on a plane. Alberto Morales was banging his head and carrying on during the flight that, when the plane landed in Houston, TX, officers were told that Morales would not be allowed back on the plane for the next leg of the trip to Las Vegas.
That is when officers, after receiving appropriate approval from Miami-Dade officials, made arrangements to drive him to Nevada and a third officer was to be added to the two officers already on the case.
The two officers, while awaiting the arrival of the third officer, rented a vehicle and visited a Walmart in Grapevine, TX. One of the officers went into Walmart, leaving one officer to guard the very dangerous fugitive Albert Morales.
They are under fire for their behavior because it has been reported that they were actually taking turns going back and forth into the Walmart for over an hour, leaving the very violent fugitive with only one officer for most of the time.
This is leading many people to question the decision the officers made, especially in light of the fact that they were waiting fora third officer to arrive on the scene. The whole point of the third officer would be to ensure that Morales was never left with less than two officers guarding him.
Allowing Morales to be left with only one officer guarding him, suggests that the officers were unprepared for the task of successfully escorting a violent fugitive across state lines.
Morales was supposedly well-secured and had a belt tied around him and was also shackled and handcuffed.
Supposedly his hands were secured to a belly chain but he managed to break an earpiece off of his glasses and stab the lone officer guarding him, Detective Jaime Pardinas, who was severely injured in the attack and underwent surgery.
The officer suffered such severe injuries that is believed that the earpiece was sharpened in jail and that the plans to escape were well planned in advance by Morales. Other inmates have supposedly spoken to reporters and said that Morales was intent on escaping.
It is believed that he was intentionally disruptive on the flight because he knew that the officers would have to drive him.
Surveillance footage purportedly shows Morales running from the car in the Walmart parking lot and he does not appear to be shackled, although officers are saying he was.
This is not a guy who was wanted on outstanding traffic warrants; Morales has an extensive criminal history.
The Star-Telegram reports that in 1994, Morales punched his girlfriend when he came home and discovered that she did not have his dinner waiting for him. A year later in Miami after being stopped by police, it was discovered that he had stolen four exotic birds valued at $5,000.
In 1996, Morales shot several dogs at a wildlife center and stole $250,000 worth of animals.
He was arrested for that crime after he sold the animals to a police source.
Also in 1996, Alberto Morales was again arrested for looking through the back yards of homes after authorities found a bag of cocaine in his car and 11 exotic birds in a pillowcase.
In the Las Vegas case, Alberto Morales, was hiding in a woman’s home, tied her up and attacked her numerous times threatening to kill her. For the Florida case, he savagely attacked and raped two women.
The very violent fugitive Alberto Morales should not be approached.
He is believed to still be in the Grapevine, TX area.
Morales is 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. He is of Cuban descent and has a distinctive tattoo of an American Indian on a horse on his left shoulder (pictured above) and scars on his left hand, left arm and nose.
Anyone with information about Morales’ whereabouts should call Grapevine police at 817-410-8127, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-8477 or dial 911.