Ottawa Senators’ Mark Borowiecki Prevents Robbery, ‘Clotheslined’ Thief Off Of Bike, Wrestled Backpack Away From Thief

What do you do if you are an NHL defenseman, and have a day off in the beautiful city of Vancouver? Sightseeing? Museums? Shopping? Sure. But if you’re Ottawa Senators defenseman Mike Borowiecki, you might get in a little physical activity, like thwarting a robbery by clotheslining a thief off his bike and wrestling a stolen backpack away from him.

During the Senators off day Sunday afternoon in Vancouver, Borowiecki whitnessed a person breaking into a vehicle and subsequently steal a backpack. As the robber attempted to flee on his bicycle, Borowiecki clotheslined the thief off of the bike and wrestled him to the ground. Borowiecki then ‘retrieved’ the stolen bag, which contained passports, according to TSN 1200 and Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy.

According to CBC, Borowiecki, who goes by the nickname “Boro Cop” among his Ottawa teammates, “wrestled a stolen bag” away from an unidentified person, who had taken it from a car near Granville and West Cordova Streets at around 1:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, according to a statement from the Vancouver Police Department. The suspect then fled on a bicycle.

The defenceman met with Vancouver police on Monday to return the bag, and is expected to address the media on Tuesday.

“We are grateful for Mark’s assistance and do recommend that if anybody does witness a crime to immediately notify the Vancouver Police and to stay safe,” police wrote in a statement.

“Mark, acting like the defenceman he is, tracked down the thief and wrestled the bag away from him as the thief rode away,” said Const. Aaron Roed with Vancouver police.

Well done Mark, well done.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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