A brave rancher in Eagle Point, Oregon helped thwart a bike thief at a local Walmart. Witnesses say a man was trying to steal a bicycle, so this rancher just lassoed him. The thief was arrested and identified as 23-year-old Victorino Sanchez.
The talented rancher, Robert Borba, who caught this bike thief was there with his horse, Long John, in a trailer. Borba chased after Sanchez on horseback and lassoed him. He held Sanchez down until the police arrived.
Twenty-eight-year-old Borba was loading up dog food and camping supplies into his truck. It sounds like something out of an old Western movie, but it was real.
“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…I use a rope every day, that’s how I make my living. If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”
Sgt. Darin May of the police said this about the incident:
“We’ve never had anyone lassoed and held until we got there. That’s a first for me.”
Another police officer, Chris Adams, said:
“When we arrived, there was a large crowd standing around a younger gentleman who was on the ground, the rope around his ankle, hanging on to a tree.”
Borba has just recently moved to town, Adams said:
“…it appears he will be a good fit. Eagle Point is a small city, and people watch out for each other. That’s exactly what he did.”
David Stepp was sitting in a car in the parking lot when he saw the incident. He said:
“I was laughing too hard to intervene. I’ve seen it all, but I’ve never seen anything like that in my entire life.”
Stepp said that he would love to buy Borba a drink.
Featured image via YouTube screengrab.