After moseying over to the Walmart for some dog food and on the way out, 28-year-old Robert Borba heard a woman screaming.
“Stop him! Stop him! He stole my bike! He stole my bike!” The cowboy from Oregon recalled the situation to CBS News. “And I kind of look around and all of a sudden this guy goes whizzing by me on a bicycle.”
As security cameras show, there was no way to catch him on foot. So the cowboy did what cowboys do. He saddled up to save the day, armed with little more than a lasso.
“A couple of swings and then I threw it at him, just like I would a steer,” Robert said.
“He’s like, ‘What are you doing, man? You got a badge?’ And I’m like, ‘No, I ain’t got a badge,’” he said.
Eagle Point Police Officer Chris Adams was called to the scene by Borba. He was fascinated by what he saw—The suspect was lying on the ground, roped and tied like steer headed for the pen.
“I’d take him by my side any day,” Adams said.
“I told the cop, I said, ‘Man, you guys ought to pick up a rope and throw that gun away. You might have better luck with it.’ He started laughing,” Borba said.
He said taking action to stop a thief was just the right thing to do.
“If it was my wife or my little girl, I would hope somebody would help her if I wasn’t around,” he said.
When it was over, police said all Borba asked for was his rope back. He coiled it up, tipped his hat, and then rode off into the sunset.