Robert Borba, a 28-year old rancher, stopped a would-be bicycle thief at an Oregon Walmart parking lot by lassoing the suspect. With his lariat still in place around the legs of the suspect, identified by police as a transient named Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, 22, Borba dragged the man to an isolated end of the parking lot and held him, tied up, until police arrived.
Hardly surprisingly, the very surprised officers told the Medford Mail Tribune that this was the first time ever they’d seen a suspect lassoed. And Arellano-Sanchez’s look of surprise at being chased by a man on horseback “was priceless,” Borba told the Mail Tribune.
Borba had stopped at the Walmart on his way to help a friend brand some cattle in Davis Creek, CA. When he heard a woman scream that someone was stealing her bike, he quickly got his horse, Long John, from the trailer attached to his truck, grabbed a rope and took off after the biker, who was at the time struggling with the gears.
“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.”
Borba said the man tried to grab a tree and get away, but he kept the rope tight and the man 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.”
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 Arellano-Sanchez, whom they described as a transient from the Seattle area, on a theft charge. The suspect is jailed in Jackson County, OR. Staff members at the jail say they don’t think he has an attorney.