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That's a First For Me': Hero on Horseback Lassos Suspected Bike Thief Outside Oregon Wal-Mart


"If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good."

Robert Borba, 28. (Image source: Mail Tribune)

EAGLE POINT, Ore. (TheBlaze/AP) — A rancher jumped on his horse Friday morning and lassoed a man who was trying to steal a bicycle in the parking lot of an Oregon Wal-Mart, police said.

Robert Borba was at the Eagle Point store loading dog food and a camping tent into his truck when he heard a woman screaming that someone was trying to steal her bike, the Medford Mail Tribune reported.

Robert Borba, 28. (Image source: Mail Tribune)

Borba, 28, said he quickly got his horse, Long John, out of its trailer. He grabbed a rope before riding over to the man who was reportedly struggling with the bike gears and attempting to flee on foot. Borba then lassoed the man around the legs and when he dropped, the rancher dragged him to one end of the parking lot.

"I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle," Borba told the Tribune. "I wasn't going to catch him on foot. I just don't run very fast."

Borba said the man tried to grab a tree and get away, but he kept the rope tight and the man in place for about 15 minutes until authorities arrived.

"I use a rope every day, that's how I make my living," Borba said. "If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good."

Eagle Point police Sgt. Darin May said officers arrived and found the lassoed man and bike on the ground in the parking lot.

"We've never had anyone lassoed and held until we got there," May said. "That's a first for me."

Borba's wife, Alyssa Borba, told the Tribune her husband's instinct to use the lasso was "probably second nature to him."

Police arrested Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, whom they described as a transient from the Seattle area, on a theft charge Friday evening.

Before officials arrived to arrest Arellano-Sanchez, the suspect reportedly asked Borba, "Do you have a badge to do this?"

Arellano-Sanchez is being held at $3,000 bail in Jackson County jail, according to the Tribune. Staff members at the jail told the paper they don't think he has an attorney.

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