Always Gets His Man

A photo accompanying a story in This is True was used in an ad on Facebook, so naturally people were curious about the story behind the photo. Well here you go, both of them together. It’s from True’s 19 June 2016 issue:

Who Was That Masked Man?

Robert Borba, 28, was loading up his truck in a Walmart parking lot in Eagle Point, Ore., when he heard a woman screaming: a man was stealing her bicycle. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot,” Borba explained. “I just don’t run very fast.” He had his horse in a trailer, so he brought it out and rode to her aid. Borba caught up with the man, who was having trouble getting up to speed, so he ditched the bike and ran. Borba, a rancher and former rodeo competitor, simply lassoed the man’s legs with a rope, causing him to fall down. The man grabbed a tree to try to pull loose, but Borba simply had his horse, Long John, keep a pull on the rope to hold the man tight. “Do you have a badge to do this?” the man asked Borba. Borba simply took out his cell phone and called police, and held the man for them. Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, 22, was arrested. (RC/Medford Mail Tribune) …Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!

And here’s that photo, by the Eagle Point Police Department — note Borba is on the phone, talking to police (click to see larger).

The tagline at the end (a feature of This is True: all stories end with commentary) is, of course, a nod to Mel Brooks’ 1974 masterpiece, Blazing Saddles.

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Originally posted 17 July 2018

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