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Rancher on horseback lassos bike thief in parking lot of Oregon Walmart

June 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Rancher on horseback lassos bike thief in parking lot of Oregon Walmart

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A rancher in Oregon became a hero on Friday when he used his horse and a lasso to come courageously to the rescue of a woman and her bike in the parking lot of a Walmart.

The Medford Mail Tribune reported that Robert Borba was loading his cattle trailer with a camping tent and dog food when he heard a woman screaming for help when someone was trying to steal her bike.

“I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle. …I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast,” said Borba.

The 28-year-old jumped on his horse named Long John and immediately went after the suspect.

The suspect who is identified as 23-year-old Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, struggled with the bike gears as he tried to flee the scene. However, he eventually gave up and began running away on foot.

The robber, however, did not get very far. When Borba approached the bandit, he tossed his lasso, which landed on the man’s legs, and was dragged to the ground in the parking lot.

The man desperately tried to break free by pulling himself against a tree, but Borba said that he and his trusty horse Long John were able to keep him secure from escaping.

Arrellano-Sanchez reportedly asked Borba “Do you have a badge to do this?”

15 minutes later, Eagle Point police arrived.

Sgt. Darin May said that this was the first incident where someone used a lasso to hold on to a suspect until officers arrived.

Arellano-Sanchez was detained and has been charged with misdemeanor theft.

A spokesperson for the Eagle Point police told CNN that “It was truly the Wild, Wild West.”

According to the Daily News, Borba grew up competing in rodeos but now works as a rancher and ranch hand. He told the Mail Tribune, “I use a rope every day; that’s how I make my living.

Borba continued,“If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”

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