Cowboy lassos Oregon bicycle rustler
"I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle," Bobra told the Mail Tribune. "I wasn't going to catch him on foot, I just don't run very fast."
Bobra and Long John made for the bike rustler, who was struggling to get the bike in gear. With the horse and rider bearing down on him, the bandit dumped the bike and tried to flee on foot. He didn't get very far however, as Bobra and his partner quickly rode him down, lassoed him around the ankles, and dragged him to the edge of the parking lot. Bobra called 911 and sat with the trussed up suspect until Eagle Point Police arrived about fifteen minutes later.
"Do you have a badge for this?" asked the stunned scofflaw.
When police arrived, EPPD sergeant Darin May identified the suspect as Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, a transient from the Seattle area. Arellano-Sanchez was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor theft charge.
"We've never had anyone lassoed and held until we got there," said Sgt. May. "That's a first for me."
Bobra, who recently moved to Eagle Point with his family after a few years in the professional rodeo circuit, told the Mail Tribune that he now makes his living as a rancher and ranch hand, and that rope work comes naturally to him.
"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."
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