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Horseback Apprehensions Start a Trend

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Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 10:32 AM Current | Bio | Archive

It wasn’t long ago that I wrote about a surprising bit of crime–fighting that took place in California when a horseback–riding good samaritan stopped a purse–snatcher and restored the lady’s property. (You can get complete details by clicking here.)

Now it’s happened again. This time in Eagle Point, or a town found about 170 miles south of Eugene, Ore. The episode began in a Walmart parking lot — America’s ground zero for the bizarre.

Victorino Arellano–Sanchez was evidently tired of walking so he grabbed a bicycle that didn’t belong to him from a rack outside the store and pedaled off.

The lady who owned the bike and other good citizens saw the theft and gave chase. Even if they had all been members of the local high school’s track team, chasing a bicycle on foot is a losing proposition.

That’s when rancher Robert Borba literally saddled up. “I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle,” Borba told the Medford Mail­ Tribune. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.”

Borba mounted and charged after the thief.

Arellano–Sanchez may have thought being chased by shoppers on foot was amusing, but hearing a horse thundering down on you was something else entirely. In a panic, he jumped off the faster bike and tried to make his getaway on foot.

This proved to be a big mistake.

Borba isn’t a dime store cowboy; he’s the real deal. Lassoing cows is an every day event for him, and much harder than tripping a bandit running like a banshee.

Borba started swinging his rope and the rest is larceny history in Eagle Point, “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.”

When the police arrived to finish corralling the bicycle bandit they found him clinging for dear life to a sidewalk sapling, hoping the horse and rider would keep their distance.

I wish I’d been there. Witness David Stepp was sitting in his car when the horseflesh drama began and he admits, “I was laughing too hard to intervene,” he said. “I’ve seen it all, but I’ve never seen anything like that in my entire life.”

Borba is a new arrival in town and until he lassoed a bandit not much was known about him.

That’s changed forever now.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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