This Cowboy Heard A Woman Screaming Outside Walmart, So He Did Something Right Out Of The Wild West

Trotting into Walmart with his trusty steed, cowboy Robert Borba has nothing on his mind but the food he needs to buy for his hungry dogs. Suddenly, though, a piercing scream splits the air. Turning round, he sees a criminal making a hasty escape. So, acting on instinct, he moves to stop the thief in his tracks. But his chosen method of justice is like something straight out of the Wild West.

A real, traditional, rope-wrangling cowboy, Borba is in fact something of a novelty in the modern world. As a youngster, he frequently competed in rodeos, although his passion for competitive cattle herding faded over time.

However, Borba remained committed to the cowboy lifestyle and made a career for himself as a ranch hand. Recently, he began working on a property near Eagle Point, a city in Jackson County in south-east Oregon.

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A resident of this tight-knit community told the Guardian, “Eagle Point is a small city, and people watch out for each other.” And because of his most recent exploits, it seems certain that the city will welcome Borba with open arms.

On June 10, 2016, Borba had stopped at the Eagle Point Walmart to buy a tent and some dog food. But while he was loading his purchases onto his truck in the parking lot, he heard a sound that stopped him in his tracks.

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A woman was screaming, calling out that she had been the victim of a crime. As Borba later recalled in an interview with CBS Evening News, she was yelling, “Stop him, stop him, he stole my bike, he stole my bike.”

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Turning toward the commotion, Borba saw that a man had indeed taken a bicycle from the rack outside the store and was attempting to make an escape. The bike’s owner and several other bystanders were trying to give chase but were not able to match his speed.

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“I wasn’t going to catch him on foot,” Borba subsequently admitted. “I just don’t run very fast.” Instead, the cowboy turned to what he knew best. He led his horse from its trailer, saddled up and began to pursue the thief on horseback.

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So, armed with his trusty lasso, Borba began to gain on the fleeing felon. And with just a few swings of the rope, he brought the bike thief down in much the same way as he would subdue a raucous steer.

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Unsurprisingly, the thief was both literally and figuratively floored by this unusual approach. Indeed, caught with the rope knotted round his ankles and unable to flee, his first thought was to question Borba’s authority.

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“He’s like, ‘What are you doing man?’” Borba laughed. “‘You got a badge?’ And I’m like, ‘No I ain’t got a badge.’” Yet despite this, the cowboy held on to the man until the Eagle Point police arrived on the scene.

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And when Borba dialed 911 to report the incident, the operators were incredulous. Asked about the nature of his emergency, the cowboy replied with amusing honesty. “We got a guy who just stole a bike here at Walmart,” he said. “I got him roped and tied to a tree.”

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After a shocked pause from the operator, Borba repeated the situation. “I got him roped from a horse,” he clarified, “and he’s tied to a tree.” Moments later, Eagle Point police officer Chris Adams arrived on the scene.

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Moreover, the scene in the parking lot was exactly as Borba had described. A young man was hanging onto a tree, a lasso rope around his ankle. And so the police arrested the thief and returned the bike to its owner.

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But although Borba had acted unconventionally, Adams seemed pleased with the cowboy’s approach. “I’d take him by my side any day,” he laughed. Borba, meanwhile, had some advice for the local police. “I told the cop,” he said, “maybe you guys ought to pick up a rope and throw that gun away.”

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After the drama was over, Borba responded to the situation with typical cowboy cool. According to police who were present at the scene, he simply asked for his rope, coiled it up and then gave a tip of his hat before riding off into the distance.

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Witness David Stepp, meanwhile, said he saw the entire incident. “I was laughing too hard to intervene,” he admitted. “I’ve seen it all, but I’ve never seen anything like that in my entire life.”

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Stepp went on to express his desire to buy Borba a beer and even insisted that the cowboy should become the next president of the United States. Similar reactions subsequently sprung up online after the story went viral, with commenters on reddit claiming that the spirit of the Wild West remains alive and well in Eastern Oregon.

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Still, despite the legions of fans that his exploits have won him, Borba insists that his heroic act was simply the right thing to do. “If it was my wife, or my little girl,” he explained, “I would hope somebody would help her if I wasn’t around.”

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And in typical modest cowboy fashion, Borba attributes his criminal-catching prowess to plenty of practice with the lasso. “I use a rope every day,” he explained. “If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”

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