Eight years ago convicted murderer Richard McNair escaped from the federal maximum security prison in Pollock, Louisiana by burying himself under mail bags in a mail truck.
He later escaped and was stopped by Ball policeman Carl Bordelon when he is seen on a railroad track.
Bordelon fails to notice that McNair identifies himself with two different names at different points in the questioning. He first identifies himself as Robert Jones but later says his name is Jimmy Jones.
He mentions a motel the Titus Inn that doesn’t exist and the officer should have followed up on that. McNair also tells the officer to call his brother. It makes me wonder what would have happened if Bordelon had asked for his brother’s number since McNair almost surely didn’ t have a number to give him.
It is amazing the officer didn’t hold him till they contacted the federal prison authorities in Pollock who could have driven to Ball, Louisiana in a very short time and could have identified McNair.
Bordelon jokes with McNair that the bad thing about it is that McNair is matching up to the description of the the escapee. It is also strange that Bordelon didn’t pick up on the fact that McNair said he was a roofer which is highly unlikely considering he was wearing shorts at the time.
It seems like Bordelon would have known a roofer wouldn’t be scratching his knees up without using knee pads of some kind.
He even tells McNair to bring some ID the next time he jogs on the track so if he gets ran over by a train he will know who he is. He tells McNair he knows he is not the escapee since if he was he would have ran by then.
It is still a mystery to me why Bordelon didn’t have backup in a case involving a convicted murderer on the loose. This may be a far out theory but wonder if Bordelon did have a feeling he was the escapee but knowing he had murdered in the past was afraid of trying to cuff him and have his gun taken away by McNair since he had no backup with him.
If Bordelon had brought him to the Ball police station McNair surely would have been identified. His failure to capture McNair resulted in McNair being on the loose for the next 18 months before being captured in New Brunswick province of Canada on October 25, 2007.
I can still remember the helicopters searching for McNair after the failed capture by Bordelon.
He was once said to be in the area of Ball where I was working in a group home with seven mentally challenged clients. Working there till 12:30 in the morning it was disconcerting to say the least knowing a convicted killer could be on the loose in that area.
The thing that worried me the most was the safety of the clients and the reaction they would have had toward someone like McNair if he held all of us hostage.
I am sure Bordelon would have reacted better when confronting McNair if he had backup to support him and to pick up on some clues that McNair was lying through his teeth about his working for the roofing company, the jogging on the railroad track, naming a non-existent motel and giving himself two different names.
Worst of all Bordelon told McNair to call 911 if he should see the escapee.
This article details his escape and eventual capture in Canada 18 months later: