Man Lassos Bicycle Thief In Oregon

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Like an old-time Western film come to life, a rancher leaped onto his horse and lassoed a man who was attempting to steal a bicycle in Oregon, authorities have reported.

Robert Borba, 28 years old, had just finished purchasing at the Eagle Point Wal-Mart and was loading dog food and a tent into his truck when a woman started screaming that someone was stealing her bike, says the Medford Mail Tribune.

Borba got his horse, Long John, out of its trailer and with a rope in hand, quickly rode over to the thief who was said to be having difficulty with the bike gears and was then trying to run away. Borba chased and lassoed the escaping man around the legs, dropping him to the ground. Borba then dragged him to one end of the store’s parking lot.

“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.”

Borba related that the man then tried to hold on to a tree in further attempts to get away, but Borba kept the rope tight on him to keep him in place. “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.”

Sergeant Darin May of the Eagle Point police reported that when officers arrived on the scene, they found the lassoed man and the bicycle in the parking lot.

“We’ve never had anyone lassoed and held until we got there,” May said. “That’s a first for me.”

The thief was identified as Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, a transient from the Seattle area. He has been arrested and charged with theft. Sanchez is currently being held at the Jackson County prison, where he reportedly has not consulted an attorney.

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