Oregon ranger Robert Borba’s rodeo experience paid off Friday morning. He was loading up his purchases in the Eagle Point Walmart parking lot when he heard a woman screaming that a man was stealing her bicycle.
Borba, 28, just happened to have his horse along in a cattle trailer, as he was on his way to help a friend brand cattle that day. “I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle,” said Borba. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.” He quickly got his horse, Long John, out of the trailer and took off after the thief.
When the man on the bicycle saw the horse coming after him, Borba said he jumped off the bike and started running. Borba grabbed his rope and lassoed the man around his legs, causing him to fall to the ground, then drug him like a roped calf to the end of the parking lot. The man grabbed a small tree and held on, trying to break free, but Borba just kept the rope tight, called 911, and held him there until police arrived about 15 minutes later.
He said the man was shocked at being chased by a horse, and asked him, “Do you have a badge to do this?” The police were shocked too. “We’ve never had anyone lassoed and held till we got there,” said Eagle Point Sergeant Darin May.
The bicycle thief was identified as Victorino Arellano-Sanchezz, 22, and described as a transient from the Seattle area. He was arrested on a misdemeanor theft charge, and held on a $3,000 bail.
In an interview with the Mail Tribune, Borba said he grew up competing in rodeos, but quit to settle down, and now makes his living as a ranch hand. “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.”
Just all in a day’s work for a cowboy.
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