Detective stabbed in Grapevine to recover; hunt for Morales goes on

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by CARLA WADE

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Posted on February 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 11:49 PM

GRAPEVINE -- Police began their fourth night of searching for escaped felon Alberto Morales by saying they have received numerous tips and are investigating as many as possible.

Friday night, authorities said it's possible Morales has left the area, but they are still looking for him.

After a fugitive task force went from house to house searching Thursday night, residents said they are growing more anxious with every day that goes by without Morales being caught.

"When you go home, just making sure all the doors are locked and keeping track of the kids," said Jay Wasserman, who was at the Southlake Sports Complex Friday night for practices of the Southlake Carroll Lacrosse Association.

He said he and other parents were making sure to watch the kids more closely. There will be games all day tomorrow, and two police officers will be there to guard the field as a precaution.

Friday, the daughter of the detective stabbed several times when Morales escaped asked the public for help in capturing the fugitive.

"Alberto Morales is a dangerous man, and he will do anything to get what he wants," said Cristina Pardenas during a news conference held outside the Grapevine Police Department.

"I, as [detective] Jaime Pardinas' daughter and only child, urge the public to come forward before this man attacks and attempts to take someone else's loved one from them," she continued.

Pardenas also said her father is expected to make a complete recovery, and should be released from the hospital soon.

E-mail cwade@wfaa.com

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