Video: Escaped Prisoner Convinces Louisiana Officer That He Is Merely Out For A Jog

I just saw this video from 2006 where escaped inmate Richard McNair convinced a Louisiana police officer that he is just out for a jog. I love the officer’s statement to McNair that when he first spotted him he thought “how lucky can I be?” Apparently not that lucky.

McNair murdered a man in 1987 during a botched robbery. He had a certain talent for escape. He has escaped from one jail and two prisons, including a federal prison in April 2006. He made it to Canada twice. In his first escape, he used lip balm to get out of his handcuffs. In another escape, he mailed himself out of prison in a crate. Hours after his escape from the federal prison, he was stopped as shown here on a railroad track near Ball, Louisiana by police officer Carl Bordelon. He gave the alias of Robert Jones but then later said his name was Jimmy Jones. Bordelon misses the discrepancy and even bids McNair a fond farewell.

Frankly, Bordelon comes across as a nice guy and, in his favor, he does try to inquire on identifying marks for McNair. It does not appear that Bordelon was given a good description and he tries to push for details. The fact is that he was in a tough position of holding a citizen without more of a basis for suspicion. Nevertheless, the poor guy must have to deal with endless teasing about his encounter with the “jogger.”

17 thoughts on “Video: Escaped Prisoner Convinces Louisiana Officer That He Is Merely Out For A Jog”

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  2. I am the author of an eBook now out on Amazon on prison escape artist Richard Lee McNair: ‘The Man Who Mailed Himself Out of Jail.’

    Chapter Two includes a detailed account from both Officer Bordelon and Richard McNair of their brief encounter on railroad tracks near Ball, LA.

    While McNair was smart and a smooth talker, he was also extremely lucky that day. The fax issued by the prison had the wrong photo of him, plus wrong and misleading information.

    The killer’s escape was a perfect storm of mistakes by the prison, law enforcement and some breaks that went McNair’s way.

    The prison has photos of McNair constructing his escape pod, even just before he slipped into his contraption, but those pictures were never made public. Meanwhile, people were chuckling at Officer Bordelon and McNair on the now famous YouTube video.

    Bordelon was a fall guy. He took the heat for blunders made by guards and administration at USP Pollock. Some of these people were eventually fired.

  3. Too many inconsistencies in Mr McNair’s story. Officer Karl Bordelon was obviously not well trained and just could not believe he could be so lucky. Karl surely knew McNair wasn’t the Mayor’s son and should have held him until someone from the BOP arrived.

  4. eniobob 1, March 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm


    “Can you imagine the jokes that will be circulating in the hood ?”
    Is that what you call your brain now?

  5. I feel sorry for this cop. He actually thought he was matching up to the description, but thought better of it when the guy just wouldnt shutup.

    Its amazing how alot of blabbing puts people at ease, even cops

  6. “be careful buddy”


    “Can you imagine the jokes that will be circulating in the hood ?”

  7. Can you imagine the jokes that will be circulating in that PD?

    “There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation.” – W. C. Fields

  8. @Nate
    I live in Louisiana, and we do everything during the summer that we do any other time of year. Yes it was a tad hotter that day than usual, but I have worked in attics with no a/c in weather like that. It feels darn right cool when ya get outside. He certainly was a smooth talker though.

  9. Seems logical to me and the officer acted reasonable under the circumstances…….

  10. Who goes jogging when it is 114 degrees outside? That’s what the dashcam says the temperature was.

  11. I favor this officer for calling in for additional details and not detaining someone when he didn’t have reasonable suspicion based on the description. I chastise whoever did the write-up on the escapee for omitting any identifying features.

  12. In the South it is not uncommon for some person to have the nickname Jimmy particularly if it jives with Jones. So the error was a calculated contrivance. He was showing familiarity with his inquisitor. It would be like saying: Robert Jones but my friends and dogs call me Jimmy Jones.

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