Detective Jaime Pardinas was stabbed by a prisoner while transporting him from Florida to Nevada, according to this article from the New Braunfels Herald Zeiting. Alberto Morales somehow freed himself from handcuffs, obtained a sharp object, and stabbed Pardinas in the back three times and once in the neck. Morales then took off on foot, and is believed to be in the Dallas area.
Pardinas and Detective David Carrero were supposed to fly Morales from Florida to Nevada. However, they were not allowed to get back on the plane during a layover at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, due to Morales’ erratic behavior. He was “bumping his head against a passenger seat in front of him, so he was doing a lot of crazy, unusual things that just disrupted the entire flight.” From this, the detectives had to rent a car for the last 1,200 miles of the journey.
When the two detectives stopped at a Wal-Mart to wait for a third officer and use the restroom, Morales waited until Carrero was inside before stabbing Pardinas and fleeing.
Morales plead guilty in 2008 for sexually assaulting a woman near the Las Vegas Strip in 2003. He also had prior charges in Miami, and was ultimately sentenced to 10 years in prison. His defense attorney claimed that, after being hit in the head with a baseball bat at age 17, Morales suffered from a severe brain injury. He claimed he heard voices and had trouble controlling his impulses. While in jail, he underwent a psychological examination, but was found competent to stand trial.
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