FORT WORTH (CBS 11 News) – A four-day manhunt for a violent escaped prisoner ended with the convicted serial rapist being shot and killed.
Alberto Morales, who escaped in Grapevine while being transported from Miami to Nevada, was found by law enforcement shortly after midnight Saturday.
Police say they received a tip from a homeowner near Grapevine Lake that their home had been broken into. Fort Worth Police launched an aerial search of the area and were able to locate Morales in a densely wooded area, leading officers on the ground to his position.
According to Sgt. Robert Eberling with the Grapevine Police Department, a Grapevine Police officer and two officers with the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force were able to surround Morales in a small opening in the woods. Eberling says that Morales, who was very skilled at making makeshift edged weapons inside prison, was carrying sticks in hands, which likely threatened officers.
Morales had been on the run since late Monday night when he escaped from a Walmart parking lot where two Miami-Dade police detectives were waiting for a third officer who was to assist with Morales’ transport to Nevada.
Police say Morales sharpened his eyeglasses into a weapon and waited for one of the detectives to go into the store before stabbing the other, Jaime Pardinas, repeatedly. Pardinas was able to call 911 to alert local law enforcement of Morales’ escape, which triggered an intense manhunt that locked down schools and set residents on edge for several days.