Eagle Point’s “Hometown Hero” in spotlight again

Eagle Point, Ore. — An update to a story we first brought you in June about the Eagle Point cowboy who roped a suspected bike thief in a Walmart parking lot. Our story– and the pictures that went with it– quickly went viral. And though it’s been more than three months, we’ve learned, the dust hasn’t settled quite yet.

The picture seen round the world is about to get a few more views, when Robert Borba appears on national television with Steve Harvey.

“Asked us if we’d come on the show, and away we went,” Borba says.

It was he and his wife’s first trip to the Windy City, and it was a memorable one, for more reasons than one. This champion bull-rider, got an amateur lesson in big city swindle.

“One fella was shining my boots,” Borba says, “he goes I’ll charge ya 10 bucks a boot double or nothing if I can guess how many letters are in your last name.”

“He said 12,” Borba continues” and I said ‘no you’re wrong’ and he said ‘no I’m right and I’ll tell you why, I said how many letters are in your last name’ and he spelled our your last name and I went dang so I had to give him his money.”

And while the recognition for his unique citizen’s arrest has been fun, Borba is ready to get back to the simpler things in life.

“I guess just keep working, that’s about it, I don’t know,” Borba says, “if I see somebody stealing a bicycle and I got a horse handy I might run them down but other than that keep on going doing what I do.”

Robert Borba’s episode will air on Steve Harvey Thursday morning on KMVU at 9am.



Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News at 6 with NBC5 News Director Craig Smullin. Kristin is originally from the Bay Area. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She comes to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine.

When Kristin is not sharing the news she's hunting down the best burrito, hiking a local trail or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She's also a Green Bay Packers shareholder! If you see her out and about she'd be happy to tell you how a California girl became a Cheesehead.

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