Blake Bortles Stops Thief at Jaguars House Party

Posted May 12, 2018

Joseph Horton, 18, was seen walking around the Jacksonville Beach home of Brandon Linder, a lineman for the Jaguars, during a house party on Wednesday where Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was attending, according to a police report obtained by Action News Jax.

What Bortles didn't realize at first was that he personally had been victimized by Horton.

It turns out that Horton had pilfered his new black Ford F-150 truck parked in front of the party, which was unlocked with its keys inside, according to TMZ. Something pinged Bortles as suspicious about the young man, who certainly didn't appear to be one of the invited guests.

A witness saw Horton inside Bortles' truck and did not think anything of it, as there was a gathering going on at the home.

But he couldn't make his escape as the auto was boxed in by other vehicles. Horton couldn't get it out of a packed driveway and went inside. Surveillance video showed Horton taking Bortles' wallet from the truck and witnesses say the teen tried to drive away in Bortles' F-150 but was boxed in by other cares so he instead made a decision to enter the home.

When officers arrived on scene, they found Horton being held by Bortles and two of the quarterback's buddies, ESPN reported.

Police booked Horton for burglary, grand theft, and trespassing.

Horton likely failed to give off that I'm-an-NFL-player-too vibe, and indeed neither Linder nor his party guests recognized him - and police were duly notified, WJXT noted.

A few minutes later, Linder asked him who he was, the report said.