citizen's arrest

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cit·i·zen's arrest

1. An arrest made by a person other than a law enforcement officer for a crime committed in the presence of that person.
2. An arrest made by a person who is not a law enforcement officer but who makes the arrest under the authorization of a law enforcement officer.

citizen's arrest

(Law) an arrest carried out by an ordinary member of the public rather than an officer of the law

cit′izen's arrest′

an arrest made by a private citizen whose authority derives from the fact of citizenship.
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