A rancher in Oregon revived the spirit of Wild West justice after using his horse and lasso to wrangle a bike thief in a Walmart parking lot.
According to New York Daily News, bona fide cowboy Robert Borba was loading his cattle trailer with dog food and camping supplies when he overheard a woman screaming last Friday.
“I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle,” Borba said. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.”
Realizing the man was stealing a bike, the 28-year-old Borba mounted his horse – named Long John – and took off in pursuit of the man with rope in hand.
When Borba caught up with the bandit, who had abandoned the bike after struggling with the gear system, he lassoed the man by his legs dragging him to the asphalt.
The bandit, identified as 23-year-old Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, attempted to escape the rope but failed to do so, asking Borba if he had “a badge” to detain him.
Eagle Point police arrived 15 minutes later, with Sergeant Darin May expressing his surprise at the scene.
“We’ve never had anyone lassoed and held until we got there,” May said. “That’s a first for me.”
A spokesperson for Eagle Point PD told media that “It was truly the Wild, Wild West.”
Borba said that he makes his living with his lasso and that “if it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”
Arellano-Sanchez was charged with misdemeanor theft.
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