Friday morning in Eagle Point, Ore., a thief took a liking to a bike in the rack outside a Walmart store. As he raced away on the stolen bike, the bike’s owner and several other people tried to chase him down and failed.
As luck would have it, a local rancher named Robert Borb was in the parking lot with his horse trailer and saw the incident. He did what came naturally. He got his horse out of the trailer, mounted up, and chased down and lassoed the fleeing thief. I’m disappointed he didn’t then leap off his horse, grab three of the man’s four limbs, and throw a couple of half hitches on them with a piggin’ string. I guess leaving him on the ground clutching a tree with the rope holding one leg was sufficient. Note the well-trained horse has backed up enough to keep the rope taut.
Thank you, Mr. Borba. You’re a wonderful example of a good citizen. Have you considered giving the local cops some roping lessons? Obviously effective on fleeing criminals, and a lot less lethal than guns or Tasers.
See The Guardian’s “Rancher on horseback lassoes would-be bike bandit in Walmart parking lot” for more.