|Robert Borba jumped on his horse, Long John, and roped the fleeing man until cops could arrive and arrest him.|
( Saw this in the Sunday papers today. I thought it was a great story and thought I'd share it with you. Hope you enjoy it!)
Rancher Robert Borba was at the Eagle Point store loading dog food and a tent onto his truck Friday when he heard a woman yelling that someone was stealing her bike, the Medford Mail Tribune reported.
In the spur of the moment, he grabbed his horse, Long John, from his trailer and galloped after the bike thief.
“I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle,” said Borba, 28. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.”
When the suspect ran off after struggling with the bike’s gears, Borba lassoed the man around his legs.
The varmint tumbled to the ground and was dragged to the end of the parking lot, where he grabbed a tree and tried to break free.
Undaunted, Borba and his bronco held on tight — leaving the suspect stunned by the Wild West corral.
“Do you have a badge to do this?” the man asked.
The cowpoke then called 911 and sat with the man for about 15 minutes until cops arrived.
Eagle Point Sgt. Darin May identified the alleged outlaw as Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, 22, from the Seattle area.
“We’ve never had anyone lassoed and held until we got there,” May told the paper.
Arellano-Sanchez was arrested on a misdemeanor theft charge and thrown in the pokey on $3,000 bail.
Borba said he competed in rodeos while growing up, but left the circuit because his “heart wasn’t in it.”
“I use a rope every day, that’s how I make my living,” he said. “If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”