DHS Employee, Son Charged With Battery After Attacking Tow Yard Employees

Posted on February 3, 2013

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Florida (The Gaslamp Post) – An ICE agent employed by the Department of Homeland Security was arrested along with his son after police say he pointed a gun at an employee of a tow yard during a brawl late last month.

Arrested: ICE agent Pablo Morales. Image WESH-TV.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Pablo Morales, 48, and his son Diego, 22, had gone to the ASAP tow yard around midnight on January 26,2013.  The elder Morales reportedly began to argue with a tow truck driver after his son’s car was towed, and attempted to enter a restricted area of the yard.

Morales reportedly pushed an employee who had attempted to stop him and then began throwing punches.  His son Diego and an acquaintance reportedly began brawling with other employees at the same time.

During the melee, Morales reportedly pulled a 9mm handgun and pointed it at the other two employees, bringing an end to the brawl.  According to WESH-TV, Morales, his son, and the acpuaintance then ganged up on the first employee and beat him severely as he was on the ground.

Police were called and both Morales and his son were arrested.  The employee whom they pounced on reportedly suffered severe injuries to his head.

All three employees said that they feared for their lives and intend to press charges.

Both Pablo Morales and his son were charged with felony aggravated battery.  Pablo Morales received the additional charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Morales and his son have both reportedly bonded out of jail.