Man on Horse Uses Lasso on Would-Be Bicycle ThiefJust when you think we've moved on from the wild, wild west era, something happens to lasso us back into it. If this doesn't make much sense, it will. Here's the scene: A sleazy bandit was up to no good at an Eagle Point, Oregon, Walmart. His coveted prize was not cash or DVDs from the 99¢ barrel, but a patron's bicycle outside the store. Here's an artists rendering of the perp.
(Note: Our sketch artist budget is zero) The would-be thief was a Hispanic male adult later identified as Victorino Arellano-Sanchez (23). Arellano-Sanchez did not master the ropes of being a great bike thief since he was instantly spotted trying to steal the bike. A crowd started shouting at him in hopes someone would take action.
(Note: Crowd size not verified) That's when our hero, Robert Borba, trotted in to save the day...
(Note: Actually Robert Borba) Borba was loading dog food and a camping tent into his truck when he heard a woman screaming about her bike being stolen.
(Note: Slight chance this isn't her) Borba stepped into action. From ABC News:
The 28-year-old said he quickly got his horse, Long John, out of its trailer. He grabbed a rope, rode over to the man who was reportedly struggling with the bike gears and attempting to flee on foot. Borba lassoed the man around the legs and when he dropped, Borba dragged him to one end of the parking lot.You might be questioning why Borba took the time to get on his horse rather than just running after the thief. Turns out Borba is not a great runner, and he knew he was more likely to catch Arellano-Sanchez on horseback. Justice was served. Here's Borba keeping the prisoner hostage until more deputies arrived.
And here's Arellano-Sanchez showing kids that crime doesn't pay.
Rob Roque, a witness to the whole event perfectly summed up the showdown:
I mean, who gets on their horse at Walmart and chases after somebody and lassoes him other than the Lone Ranger?That someone would be Robert Borba. H/T abcnews.go.com, cbsnews.com, nydailynews.com