citizens arrest

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cit′izen's arrest′

an arrest made by a private citizen whose authority derives from the fact of citizenship.
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and enforced a citizens arrest due to his refusal to return his city government-issued Toyota Hilux.
CONTROVERSIAL VISIT: Tony Blair arrives for the book signing and (left) Kate O'Sullivan, who attempted to make a citizens arrest on the former prime minister.
But they were stunned when they got the telling off for making a citizens arrest as security mangers were terrified the thief could sue them for hurting him on the site.
Newscasters and public alike need to arrest these people with a citizens arrest and wait for the police to take over.

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