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Smooth-talking Escapee Evades Police

Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:43 am

Woe is Carl Bordelon, a police officer for the town of Ball, La. His dashboard camera captured (below) his questioning of Richard Lee McNair, 47, on Wednesday. Earlier that same day, McNair had escaped from a federal penitentiary at nearby Pollock, La., reportedly hiding in a prison warehouse and sneaking out in a mail van. Bordelon, on the lookout, stopped McNair when he saw him running along some railroad tracks. What follows is a chillingly fascinating performance from McNair, who manages to remain fairly smooth and matter-of-fact while tripping up Bordelon. The officer notices that the guy matches the description of McNair -- who was serving a life sentence for killing a trucker at a grain elevator in Minot, N.D., in 1987 -- observes that he looked like he'd "been through a briar patch" and had to wonder why he would choose appalling heat (at least according to that temperature gauge in the police car) to go running, without any identification, on a dubious 12-mile run. But he doesn't notice when McNair changes his story -- he gives two different names (listen for it) -- and eventually, Bordelon bids him farewell, saying: "Be careful, buddy."

This cop will never live this one down

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RE: Smooth-talking Escapee Evades Police

Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:48 am

I have only the utmost respect for the cops, but not this one in this situation! Dummkopf...
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RE: Smooth-talking Escapee Evades Police

Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:37 am

Old video, remember watching this in class as a "how not to do things" lesson  Smile
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RE: Smooth-talking Escapee Evades Police

Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:56 am

Watch the body language. The guy sounds good but his body language should have gave him away. Also the officer is not taking any notes. If he was he would have caught the name discrepancy. If I would have stopped him I would have "offered" him a ride back to his hotel and see what happened. The funny thing is at the end he wants to use the officer as a character witness if he gets stopped again. The guy had balls, I will give him that.

What happened to the officer. Did he get in any trouble?

Did they end up catching the guy?
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RE: Smooth-talking Escapee Evades Police

Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:27 pm

CNN transcript:
A prison escapee and a police officer face-to-face. Now you would hope the story ends with the bad guy in cuffs and accolades for the officer. Not quite. That, the bad guy? He's still on the loose.

CNN's Susan Roesgen has the story you may have first seen on CNN's "PAULA ZAHN NOW."


SUSAN ROESGEN, CNN GULF COAST CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Driving along a quiet country road in western Louisiana, a small town policeman spotted a man jogging along the railroad tracks. A convicted killer had escaped from a nearby federal prison. And the Officer Carl Bordelon wanted to know who this guy was.


RICHARD LEE MCNAIR, ESCAPED PRISONER: I'm at the hotel. We're working on the houses and stuff like that.

CARL BORDELON, BALL POLICE DEPARTMENT: What it is, we've got an escapee.


Where from?

BORDELON: A prison.

MCNAIR: You've got a prison here?



ROESGEN: The man Officer Bordelon stopped gave his man as Robert Jones. In fact, his real name was Richard McNair. McNair had been serving a life sentence for killing a man in Minot, North Dakota, during a burglary back in 1987. He had broken out of prison twice before. And on Wednesday, he escaped in a mail van.

But Bordelon said he had seen only a fuzzy fax of an older picture of McNair. So he calls the dispatcher to ask for a description, and McNair plays along.


BORDELON: Hey, this is Carl.

Does the subject wear glasses?

What color eyes you got?

MCNAIR: Green. Well, kind of a turquoise blue.

BORDELON: Turquoise blue?


BORDELON: You want to give me some more?


ROESGEN: Officer Bordelon tells McNair that the description matches him and McNair laughs it off, fooling the cop into letting him go.


BORDELON: When I crossed the tracks down there, I saw you running. I said, well, how lucky can I be?

MCNAIR: Nope, nope, nope, nope. I'm not no prison escapee.

BORDELON: Just call 911, is all you've got to do, and they'll get a hold to us.

MCNAIR: All righty.

BORDELON: That's our quick line there.

MCNAIR: You have a good day now.

BORDELON: Be careful, buddy.

MCNAIR: Thank you.

BORDELON: All right.


ROESGEN: Now officers armed with machine guns are combing the woods to find the convict who got away. And the local mayor says he made the decision to release this video, as embarrassing as it is, hoping someone might see him.

MAYOR ROY HEBRON, BALL, LOUISIANA: To make sure, no doubt, that if you've seen this individual, our video -- you've seen him on our video, then you knew what he looked like. And that way it helps all of us catch this individual a whole lot quicker.


Source: CNN.com (long transcript of entire newscast)
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