Cowboy Lassos Bike Theft Suspect at Scene of Crime in Oregon

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Never mess with a cowboy on a horse. One suspected bike thief learned this the hard way on Friday.

And the incident didn’t take place in Texas — but rather Oregon.

In would seem like a scene straight from a Western movie, but the incident happened in the parking lot of a shopping center in Eagle Point, about 30 miles north of the California border.

“A lady yelled out ‘He’s stealing my bike, he’s stealing my bike’,” Robert Borba, 28, told CNN.

He jumped on his horse that was saddled up in his trailer.

Armed with just a rope, he got quickly to the scene and put his lassoing skills to use.

Witnesses snapped photos of the suspect all tied up, Borba and his horse standing by.

Borba, a professional cowboy, was on his way to California when he stopped in the shopping center to pick up some dog food.

“He jumped on his horse that was at the ready and pulled out his lasso,” said Alyssa Borba, Robert’s wife. “This is what he does (for a living), so he could do it quick.”

The suspect was quickly wrangled and held until police arrived.

“It was truly the Wild, Wild West,” said a spokesperson for Eagle Point police.

A police sergeant told the local newspaper that officers arrived and took the suspected bike theft into custody.

“We’ve never had anyone lassoed and held until we got there,” Sgt. Darin May told the Mail Tribune of nearby Medford, Oregon. “That’s a first for me.”

Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, described to the newspaper as a transient from the Seattle area, was arrested on suspicion of theft.

KTLA’s Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.

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