Detective says escaped prisoner is 'schizophrenic'

Associated Press
This 2007 image provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Alberto Morales. Morales, 42, stabbed one of two police escorts and escaped Monday in the Dallas area as he was being transferred from Florida to Nevada, police said Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/LVMPD)
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This 2007 image provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Alberto Morales. Morales, 42, stabbed one of two police escorts and escaped Monday in the Dallas area as he was being transferred from Florida to Nevada, police said Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/LVMPD)

DALLAS (AP) — A Florida detective who was stabbed near Dallas by a prisoner being transferred to Nevada told a 911 operator that the prisoner is "a schizophrenic."

Miami-Dade Det. Jaime Pardinas can be heard breathing heavily in a recording of the 911 call police released Wednesday.

He tells the operator he has been stabbed in the neck, describes Alberto Morales' height, weight and appearance and then adds, "He's a schizophrenic."

Morales escaped Monday after using a piece from his eyeglasses to stab Pardinas while they were stopped in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Grapevine, a community near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Authorities are still searching for Morales, a 42-year-old convicted sex offender.

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