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Prisoner on the run after stabbing officer in Grapevine

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Alberto Morales Alberto Morales

There have been no reported sightings of the escaped prisoner who allegedly stabbed an officer in a North Texas parking lot Monday night.

According to the Grapevine Police Department, 42-year-old Alberto Morales was being moved from Miami to Las Vegas by plane, but he had a "behavior problem" on the flight. During a layover in Houston, the two Miami-Dade police officers who were escorting him decided to rent a car and drive the rest of the way.

The officers stopped at the Wal-Mart in the 1600 block of Highway 114 in Grapevine. While one officer was inside the store, Morales managed to get his hands on a sharp object and stabbed the second officer once in the neck and three times in the back.

The injured officer was rushed to Parkland Hospital for surgery. He is expected to recover.

Morales took off. And although he likely still has his hands and feet still shackled, there have been no reported sightings of him.

He is of Cuban descent and is described as being 5 feet 7 inches and about 175 pounds with brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a white hoodie and shorts with one shoe missing. He has a tattoo of a Native American on a horse on his left shoulder and upper arm and scars on his left hand, left arm and nose.

A vehicle was reported stolen from the Super 8 Motel along Hwy. 114 in Irving so police are looking for it in connection with Morales' escape. It is described as a white Ford SUV with the Texas license plate 19ZJW8.

Police warn that he is extremely dangerous. He was convicted in Florida of kidnapping, burglary and sexual assault and is now wanted for capital murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault on a police officer and escape.

They are urging people in the Grapevine area to keep in contact with friends, family and coworkers and to alert officers about any unusual absences.

The Grapevine school district has placed its school campuses on partial lockdown, meaning exterior doors are locked and extra security officers are patrolling the perimeters. Also, nine schools east of Interstate 35W in the Northwest Independent School District were locked down because of the manhunt.

Sgt. Robert Eberling could not provide specifics about the extent of the manhunt, but said it involves the U.S. Marshals Service and Texas Department of Public Safety, which has now placed Morales on its most wanted list and is offering a $10,000 reward for information.

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