Las Vegas, NV – An alleged carjacker was tackled to the ground by a group of cowboys during a pursuit in Las Vegas on Wednesday (video below).
The incident began near Sam’s Town hotel and casino at approximately 1:35 p.m., when Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers spotted a vehicle that had been reported as stolen, KTNV reported.
When the officers attempted to stop the car, the driver floored the accelerator and tried to make an escape.
Someone inside the vehicle tossed a gun out of the window before the driver ended up crashing into a truck pulling a stock trailer near Horseman’s Park, where a team roping competition was taking place.
Caden Cox, a cowboy who also happens to be a professional cattle roper, said he realized it was more than a traffic collision when about 18 patrol vehicles sped towards the scene and a helicopter swooped in right above them.
“So, I’m thinking [the suspects] must be doing something wrong,” Cox told KTNV.
One of the occupants inside the crashed stolen vehicle then bailed out, jumped over a fence, and took off running across the fairgrounds.
“I'm like, 'oh shoot we need to go catch the son of a buck!’” Cox said.
Cox and approximately 60 other cowboys – some of whom were riding horses – chased after the suspect, threatening to lasso him if he didn’t stop.
As the cowboys circled around him, the carjacker ultimately dropped to his knees and raised his hands, KTNV reported.
“Right when I was kinda thinking about trying to rope him...this gentleman got him pretty good,” Cox said.
Cell phone footage showed the good Samaritans as they pinned the suspect to the ground so police could place him under arrest.
A line of riders on horses with ropes in their hands remained at the ready in case the carjacker tried to take off again.
“He’s at the wrong place!” one onlooker yelled, as other men cheered and hollered. “I shoulda roped that son of a b---h.”
In addition to the man the cowboys apprehended, two other suspects who fled from the vehicle were also arrested, KTNV reported.
None of the cowboys or their horses were hurt during the takedown.
Cox said that he and his fellow cowboys were happy they were able to offer the police a hand.
"The best part of the whole deal was one when the [police] helicopter flew over us and said 'good job ropers!' or something like that,” he told KTNV. “Oh, that just made our day!”
You can watch cell phone footage of the cowboy arrest in the video below: