Sunday 19 February 2017

Cowboy lassoes would-be bike thief in car park

Published 11/06/2016 | 21:37

Robert Borba remains sat on his horse after lassoing the suspected bike thief. Credit: KTVL
Robert Borba remains sat on his horse after lassoing the suspected bike thief. Credit: KTVL
Robert Borba, on his horse with a lasso. Credit: CNN screengrab

It was a scene straight out of the Wild West.

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When a woman cried out in the Eagle Point shopping centre in Oregon that a thief was stealing her bicycle, she might have hoped someone would call 911 or possibly even run after the culprit.

She would not have expected a cowboy to come to her rescue and lasso the suspect.

Robert Borba, a cattle rancher, described how he jumped into action after hearing the cries for help.

Robert Borba, on his horse with a lasso. Credit: CNN screengrab
Robert Borba, on his horse with a lasso. Credit: CNN screengrab

"A lady yelled out 'He's stealing my bike, he's stealing my bike'," Mr Borba told CNN.

"I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle," the 28-year-old told the Mail Tribune, adding he was on his way to California to help brand cattle.  "I wasn't going to catch him on foot. I just don't run very fast."

Undeterred, Mr Borba took out his horse, Long John, from the back of his trailer and gave chase.

"He jumped on his horse that was at the ready and pulled out his lasso," his wife Alyssa told CNN. "This is what he does [for a living], so he could do it quick."

Robert Borba. Credit: CNN
Robert Borba. Credit: CNN

Struggling with the bike's gears and seeing the cowboy in hot pursuit, the suspected thief ditched the bike and tried to flee on foot.

He hadn't got far, however, when Mr Borba grabbed his rope and let it fly, lassoing the man around his legs and dragging him to the end of the car park.

The suspect's look of surprise at being chased by a man on horseback was priceless, Mr Borba told the local newspaper.

A witness, David Stepp, said it was the "best day of my life". “I was laughing too hard to intervene,” he said, according to the Guardian. “I’ve seen it all, but I’ve never seen anything like that in my entire life.”

Mr Borba kept the suspect tied up until the police arrived on the scene. "It was truly the Wild, Wild West," said a spokesperson for Eagle Point police.

Police identified the suspect as Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, who was described as a 22-year-old transient from the Seattle area.

Mr Arellano-Sanchez was arrested on a misdemeanour theft charge, according to jail records.

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