Would-be bike thief gets lassoed by hero cowboy in Walmart parking lot

(image: Rob Roque/US Lawns)
(image: Rob Roque/US Lawns)
(image: Rob Roque/US Lawns)

A man attempting to steal a bike from a Walmart parking lot got more than he bargained for this week as he was lassoed – yes, lassoed – by a cowboy on horseback – yes, a cowboy on horseback – because America is just amazing sometimes. 

Robert Borba, a champion bullrider, was at the Eagle Point, Oregon store loading up some dog food into his truck when he heard a woman screaming that someone stole here bike. That is when, as Mail Tribune reports, things got interesting:

“I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle,” said the 28-year-old Borba, who was planning on helping brand cattle in California that afternoon. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.”

Borba quickly brought out his horse, Long John, which he’d brought to help him with the cattle, from the back of his trailer.

The cowboy and his horse then chased after the alleged thief as the man, struggling with the gears, ditched the bike and attempted to flee on foot.

Borba said he grabbed his rope and let it fly, lassoing the man around his legs and causing him to tumble to the ground, dragging him like roped cattle to the end of the parking lot. Borba said the man then grabbed a tree near Carl’s Jr. and attempted to break free, but Borba and Long John kept the rope taut.

The suspect was pretty confused.  He asked, “Do you have a badge to do this?” Borba said.

Police arrived and arrested the suspect, Victorino Sanchez, on a theft charge.

(H/T Nathen)