Rancher las­sos would-be bi­cy­cle thief

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EA­GLE POINT, Ore. — A rancher jumped on his horse Fri­day morn­ing and las­soed a man who was try­ing to steal a bi­cy­cle in the park­ing lot of an Ore­gon Wal­mart, po­lice said.

Robert Borba was at the Ea­gle Point store load­ing dog food and a camp­ing tent into his truck when he heard a wo­man scream­ing some­one was try­ing to steal her bike, the Med­ford Mail Tri­bune re­ports.

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.

“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 Vic­torino Arel­lanoSanchez, whom they de­scribed as a tran­sient from the Seat­tle area, on a theft charge.

Arel­lano- Sanchez is jailed in Jack­son County. Staff mem­bers at the jail say they don’t think he has an at­tor­ney.


Robert Borba chased down an at­tempted bi­cy­cle thief with his horse, Long John, and nabbed him with a lasso.

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