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 28-year-old said he quickly got his horse, Long John, out of its trailer. He grabbed a rope, rode over to the man who was reportedly struggling with the bike gears and attempting to flee on foot. Borba lassoed the man around the legs and when he dropped, Borba 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.”
“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.”
Police arrested Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, whom they described as a transient from the Seattle area, on a theft charge.
This is one of the coolest stories you’ll hear.
This guy was just minding his own business when the screams of a nearby woman kicked him into action. He saddled up, chased down the crook and lassoed the guy! He then held the man tied up until the police arrived.
For the rest of his life, whether around a bonfire or at the bar, no one will ever be able to one-up this story.
Guy: “Saw a bobcat today.”
Borba: “I lassoed a bike thief in a Wal-Mart parking lot.”