Violent fugitive stabs officer, escapes in Dallas area

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 12:09pm

Authorities are searching for an escaped convict who is considered highly dangerous. On Monday night, Alberto Morales, 41, of Havanna, Cubs, stabbed a law enforcement officer in the Dallas area and escaped.

Morales has been added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list and a $10,000 reward is currently being offered for his capture.

At 11:20 p.m, Morales was being transported to Nevada, and while passing through Grapevine, Texas, he stabbed a Miami detective multiple times and got away from authorities. He should be considered extremely dangerous. Local, state, and federal authorities are actively searching for the suspect.

Morales has a violent criminal past and received two life sentences for aggravated sexual assault. The injured officer underwent surgery, but is currently in stable condition.

Morales is wanted for attempted capital murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault on a police officer, and escape from custody. The suspect has no family in the Dallas area but has family in both Florida and Nevada. He was last seen wearing a white hoodie and shorts, color unknown, with one shoe missing. He may attempt to break into homes in order to obtain food and/or clothing.

For more information on the suspect and the escape, please view his wanted bulletin at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=183.

There are four different ways to provide anonymous tips:

  • Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Text the letters DPS—followed by your tip—to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
  • Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
  • Submit a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicing the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook messages are anonymous.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. You can find the current lists—with photos—on the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.

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