Miami-Dade Police Officer Jaime Pardinas Returns to South Florida After Fugitive Stabbing

Cop stabbed by escaped prisoner returns to Miami after a week in Dallas hospital

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    Officer Jaime Pardinas arrived on a small plane at Opa-locka Airport around 11 a.m. where he was met by several friends and fellow officers. Recently retired officer Jerry Llanes said Pardinas seemed to be doing well. (Published Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013)

    The Miami-Dade Police officer who was stabbed by a prisoner who escaped in Texas as he was being transported by the cop to Nevada returned to a hero's welcome in South Florida Tuesday.

    Officer Jaime Pardinas arrived on a small plane at Opa-locka Airport around 11 a.m. where he was met by several friends and fellow officers.

    Miami-Dade Officer Jaime Pardinas Returns to South Florida

    [MI] Miami-Dade Officer Jaime Pardinas Returns to South Florida
    Miami-Dade Police officer Jaime Pardinas, who was stabbed by a prisoner who escaped in Texas as he was being transported by the cop to Nevada, returned to a hero's welcome in South Florida Tuesday. (Published Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013)

    "There was no way I was going to miss this today, no way I was going to miss this reunion today," said recently retired officer Jerry Llanes. "He appeared great. I really didn't get a chance to talk to him, but what I saw, as we embraced, is he seems to be doing well for the circumstances."

    Pardinas had spent the past week at Parkland Hospital in Dallas following the Feb. 11 stabbing in the parking lot of a WalMart in Grapevine, Texas.

    Miami-Dade Officer Stabbed While Transporting Prisoner in Texas

    [MI] Miami-Dade Officer Stabbed While Transporting Prisoner in Texas
    Authorities are searching for escaped prisoner Alberto Morales, 42, who they said stabbed a Miami-Dade officer, Jaime Pardinas. Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson and Grapevine Police spokesman Lt. Barry Bowling discussed the case. (Published Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013)

    911 Call From Miami-Dade Officer Moments After Stabbing Released

    Pardinas and Officer David Carrero were transporting 42-year-old Alberto Morales to Las Vegas for a court appearance and had flown to Houston when they were forced to rent an SUV to drive Morales the rest of the way. 

    Morales had acted up on the plane and they were told they wouldn't be allowed on the connecting flight, police said.

    911 Call Released in Miami-Dade Officer Stabbing

    [MI] 911 Call Released in Miami-Dade Officer Stabbing
    The search for escaped prisoner Alberto Morales continues in Texas as police in Grapevine release the 911 call of Officer Jaime Pardinas shortly after he was stabbed. (Published Thursday, Feb 14, 2013)

    When they stopped at the Walmart to use the restroom, Morales used a broken piece of his eyeglasses to stab Pardinas in the chest while Carrero was inside the store, police said.

    Morales, who police described as a violent offender with arrests for sexual battery, burglary and kidnapping, fled the scene and led authorities of a days-long manhunt. He was finally shot and killed by officers early Saturday after a confrontation in a wooded area, police said.

    Girlfriend of Stabbed Miami-Dade Cop Jaime Pardinas Talks About His Recovery

    [MI] Girlfriend of Stabbed Miami-Dade Cop Jaime Pardinas Talks About His Recovery
    The girlfriend of a Miami-Dade officer who was stabbed by a prisoner he was transporting in Texas said his condition continues to improve and he could be heading back to South Florida soon. Marinka Stuvel, girlfriend of Officer Jaime Pardinas, spoke about the hero cop's progress as he recovers following the Feb. 11 incident. (Published Monday, Feb 18, 2013)

    "You can never tell. You never tell in police work. You have to expect the unexpected. As you can see, things can go bad really quick in police work," Llanes said.

    Speaking with NBC 5 in Dallas Monday, Pardinas' girlfriend, Marinka Stuvel, said the killing of Morales gave the 54-year-old cop closure.

    "That gave us tremendous closure, knowing that that man came to an end just gave us closure and we could now completely move forward and heal spiritually, mentally, physically, even more," Stuvel said.