Wikipedia user Mark Fisher: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:0011Fort_Worth_Stockyards_Exchange_Ave_E_Texas.jpg

The more things change in Texas, the more they seem to stay the same.

Fort Worth police are looking for a man who has robbed several horseback riders in the area at gunpoint. Police say there have been four such robberies since the start of October.

The suspect reportedly waits in the bushes off known horse trails in the area before jumping out at riders and threatening to shoot them if they do not give them money.

Advertisement

The hold-ups may sound like a joke or a prank, something someone with maybe too much enthusiasm for old Westerns might do. But two of the riders were shot in the leg during the robberies, making this a bit more serious than the usual anachronistic crime.

Still, it's not the most well-thought-out plan to make money. People riding horses around Fort Worth in the year 2015 are typically leisure riders unlikely to have much money on them; there are no Pinkertons transporting hard cash these days. NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reports one of the victims, Fernando Villa, was a Spanish speaker who tried his best to communicate he didn't have anything to hand over.

"Me no got no money," Villa told the bandit in English, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

Sponsored

Police have released a photo of the suspect on Facebook.

If you see this man, let the sheriff know so the posse can round 'im up (no, don't do that, call 911).