The problem with catching a bike thief is that once they have the bike, they’re quicker than people on foot and more-agile than people in cars.
However, they are not faster or more-agile than people on horseback.
Then again, how many people are on horseback these days?
When a scumbag attempted to steal a bike from an Oregon Walmart parking lot, he likely did not see himself being lassoed by a cowboy on horseback and being tied until the police could arrive.
On Friday morning, a man took a bike from the Walmart bike rack in Eagle Point, Oregon, and took off with it. The owner of the bike attempted to give chase, but could not keep up.
a rancher named Robert Borba was on scene and promptly took his horse out of his trailer, mounted up and chased the thief down. Borba threw a lasso and wrangled the thief and kept him subdued until police arrived.
“When we arrived, there was a large crowd standing around a younger gentleman who was on the ground, the rope around his ankle, hanging on to a tree,” Eagle Point police officer Chris Adams said.
The suspect, Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, was arrested and charged with theft.
“I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle,” Borba told a local paper. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.”
“I use a rope every day, that’s how I make my living. If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”
As an aside: I would pay good money to see Arellano-Sanchez explain to his fellow inmates how he got caught. “Wait, so a cowboy roped you and police got you as you clung to a tree?”
I have encountered countless stories of self-defense with a firearm. I have seen numerous stories with good Samaritans tackling an offender.
I have never heard of someone running-down a thief with a horse and lassoing him.
Forgive the language, but this is perhaps the most badass thing I have ever encountered outside of Hollywood.