In most Westerns, Cowboys are shown to be men who literally have no qualms about losing their lives, and more so, harbor extreme disregard for laws and rules. Mention of a cowboy often conjures images of a rustic fellow in high boots, rugged clothes and probably a sombrero galloping furiously on horseback for a duel with another horseman – true Wild Wild West style.
The stereotype is this firmly entrenched even without the addition of tales of powerful bull riders and assorted Matadors who have mastered the art of lassoing cattle in the most dangerous situations during the rodeo. It surely is an art!
Well, one such cowboy broke the stereotype somewhere in Oregon and we were lucky enough to report the interesting incident.
Have you ever seen someone committing a crime but you did not know what to do to stop them? Most probably what you would do is think a great deal! Chasing after them might result in the felony assaulting you. Alerting the cops might mean they get to run-off further. It is quite likely that most of us will see someone committing a crime and will not know what to do apart from thinking anxiously – so we do nothing.
But one expert Oregon cowboy knew exactly what to do when he saw a thief make off with one woman’s bike at his local Walmart store. And contrary to Western myth, this bull rider actually showed regard for the law – but in the patent fashion of his legendary forebears! Read on to find out how he roped the felon into confessing.
On an average random trip to the Grocery store in Eagle Point, Oregon, one woman found herself the victim of a crime when a hasty lout tried to steal her bike from her. As she was exiting the local store, she saw this man mount her bike and set off at breakneck speed. She had to do something fast – but what was it to be?
It follows that as the thief was making the run for it, something quite out of the norm happened. And this where the gist of the story truly begins.
Cowboy Robert Borba, 28, a local bull riding champion, was riding past the greengrocer on horseback when he noticed the bizarre scene. He had been on his own errand. Then he heard a woman shout. His instinct told him there was something to be done.
“Stop him! Stop him! He stole my bike!” the woman frantically screamed, visibly distressed.
Unfortunately for her, the thief had timed his assault quite well and there was no police officer in sight to act at the instant.
The rodeo champion further adds, “And I kind of looked around and all of a sudden this guy goes whizzing by me on a bicycle.”
Borba saw what was happening and sprang into action. He started his horse after the fleeing man and looked for a way to catch up with him. That is when an idea formed in his mind. He realized he could actually just trap the thieving fellow. Suddenly, his lasso had come in handy!
Adjudging the cyclist’s motion and position, the twenty eight-year-old horse rider whipped up his rope, swung it circularly over his head and hauled it at the culprit in one swoop. The lasso caught the thug on his ankle and threw him off balance. The suspect fell off the bike and Borba trotted towards him.
He was able to hold onto him until the Police arrived at the scene.
“A couple of swings and then I threw it at him, just like I would a steer,” Borba recalled with accustomed ease.
The dexterity of it all was not lost on the thug himself who could not help but wonder whether Borba was an officer on horseback – never mind that only the National Guard is known to use horses for policing – and only during community crises.
“He’s like, ‘What are you doing, man? You got a badge?’ And I’m like, ‘No, I ain’t got no badge,’” Borba narrates of the extraordinary scene.
Lack of a badge did not, however, stop the accustomed horseman from tying the thief to a nearby tree, his protestations notwithstanding. Once he had had him secure and he was certain the chap could not run off again, the cowboy dialed 911 and explained the situation to the operator on the other end of the phone.
It was the turn of the law enforcement officers to marvel.
“We got a guy who just stole a bike here at Walmart. I got him roped and tied to a tree,” the cowboy said on the call after introducing himself.
“What!?” the operator exclaimed in utter consternation. But the fearless tender of cattle repeated himself for further clarity,
“I got him roped from a horse and he’s tied to a tree.”
The sheer confidence of it all was astounding.
Eventually, when a local police officer, a one Adams arrived on the scene, he could not believe what he was seeing. He describes how he first glanced at the horse…then a rope…more rope still…then a bare ankle, before finally regarding the valiant ‘matador’ with renewed awe.
“I looked up and from the horse, there was a rope connected to the ankle of a gentleman on the ground holding onto a tree,” Adams said, still in a state of wonder.
We were also left to wonder why he would be so polite as to refer to a lassoed thief as a gentleman – guess it takes a special kind of gentleman to respect a suspect that much!
What did Borba want in return for his actions?
“Nothing at all. He was just trying to do the right thing,” he says rather soberly – almost as if it is an instinct of any horseman to lasso a thief.
“If it was my wife or my little girl, I would hope somebody would help her if I was not around,” he goes on to add.
What can we do but admire his valor? Surely, the world would be better if we had more people who thought like Borba, wouldn’t it?
What do you think of what Robert did in order to catch a thief? Do you think it was heroic or vigilante justice? What is your stand on vigilantism? Do you think Borba’s actions saved the day or put people at unnecessary risk?
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