Flower Mound police acted on a tip from a passing motorist Thursday on what was believed to be a suspicious person call, police said. The motorist reportedly saw a person matching the description of escapee Alberto Morales, 42, at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Morales is accused of stabbing a Miami-Dade police officer in the neck Monday before he escaped custody in Grapevine while he was being transported from Florida to Nevada.
He is considered to be armed and dangerous and police departments statewide are urging anyone who sees the man to contact 911 immediately.
Wendell Mitchell, Flower Mound’s assistant police chief, said several local and federal agencies helped on the search Thursday afternoon.
“We had approximately 40 officers searching the wooded areas between Bakers Field Park off of Duncan Lane and Gerault Park off of Gerault Road,” Mitchell said.
A single footprint was found by an officer at the beginning of the woods but the impression was not discernible, said police.
“With the print, we couldn’t even tell what kind of shoe it was,” Wendell said.
The search was completed at 6:30 p.m.
“Law enforcement continues to follow tips as they come in [on the fugitive],” Wendell said.
200 block of Shenandoah Court — Argyle police responded to a criminal mischief call Thursday after someone reported that the person’s mailbox was destroyed.
According to police, someone backed into the complainant’s brick mailbox, causing significant damage. The vehicle description is unavailable. Reports indicate the incident occurred sometime Tuesday late in the evening.
The complainant didn’t want to pursue charges or complete a statement at the time of the incident, police said. The complainant just wanted the police to be aware of the damage in case a pattern develops, reports state.
2700 block of West University Drive — Denton police responded to a person with a gun call Thursday after an argument escalated, reports indicate.
A person was trying to park in a space and nearly backed into pedestrians, reports show. After the victim, a 28-year-old woman, yelled at the driver, the driver showed a gun and threatened her, police reports state.
“Suspect displayed a firearm, but [did] not point it and made a comment that was nonspecific towards the victim,” said Officer Ryan Grelle. No one was injured and no arrests were made.
From 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday:
- Denton County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers handled 765 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Forty-two people were booked into the Denton County Jail.
- Denton police responded to 376 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 18 reports online.
- Denton firefighters responded to 17 medical calls, three vehicle accidents with injuries, one shorted electrical equipment call, one public service call and one smoke scare.
Argyle firefighters responded to one medical call, one electrical fire and one grass fire. Argyle police responded to one medical call, two close patrol calls, one criminal mischief report, one follow-up investigation, one electrical fire, one gun shots heard call, one suspicious vehicle call, one traffic incident and 15 traffic calls.
Aubrey firefighters responded to one alarm fire, one medical alarm call, one structure fire, one vehicle fire and one medical call. Aubrey police responded to one theft in progress call, one theft report, eight traffic calls, one animal complaint and one welfare concern.
Double Oak police officers responded to one suspicious activity call, five traffic calls, one alarm call and assisted two agencies.
Hickory Creek police officers assisted one agency and responded to one reckless driver, one road block, one suspicious vehicle, 20 traffic calls, one warrant service, one welfare concern and one traffic incident.
Justin firefighters responded to two medical calls. Justin police responded to one ordinance violation, one medical call, one theft report, three traffic calls and assisted one agency.
Krum firefighters responded to one assault/sexual assault call, one medical call and one traffic incident. Krum police responded to two assault reports, one follow-up investigation, one animal complaint and three traffic calls.
Krugerville police responded to one road block, two suspicious person calls, one theft in progress and seven traffic calls.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to two alarm fires, two medical calls, two traffic incidents and one vehicle unlock.
Little Elm firefighters responded to one carbon monoxide or hazmat call, one medical call, one structure fire, one vehicle fire, one traffic transport and one vehicle unlock. Little Elm police responded to one assault report, one auto theft report, two carbon monoxide or hazmat calls, one follow-up investigation, one missing person call, six ordinance violations, one reckless driver, four road blocks, five suspicious activity calls, two theft reports, 11 traffic calls, one vehicle complaint, two traffic incidents and five audible alarm calls.
Oak Point firefighters responded to one structure fire. Oak Point police responded to one structure fire, two follow-up investigations, one suspicious person call and seven traffic calls.
Ponder firefighters responded to one traffic incident. Ponder police responded to one burglary report.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to one medical call and one road block. Pilot Point police responded to one domestic disturbance, one fire smoke investigation, one suspicious person call, two traffic calls, one welfare concern and one alarm call.
Sanger firefighters responded to one alarm fire, one vehicle fire and two medical calls. Sanger police responded to one vehicle theft report, one vehicle fire, two follow-up investigation, two traffic reports and one welfare concern.
The Colony firefighters responded to one fire alarm.
Trophy Club firefighters responded to one carbon monoxide alarm call. Trophy Club police officers responded to two domestic disturbance calls, one follow-up investigation, one prowler call, one road block, four ordinance violations, one suspicious person, one theft in progress, one warrant investigation, three animal complaints and two alarm calls.
— Megan Gray
Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.