Can I legally make a citizens arrest or is arresting people only for police?
It was about 9am, and I was getting my morning coffee down at the little gas station mart I go to every morning before work. I was about to walk up to the register, routine like any other day, when a younger kid walked in, wearing a very large black hooded sweater and black jeans. He was doing his best not to show his face as he walked back towards the alcohol freezers. I thought this was odd as it was rather warm out that morning. The next thing I recall there is a large commotion and the young man was trying to run out the door, beer cases in hand. In natural instinct, I just sorta jumped at him, knocking him to the ground. I held him there and told the man behind the counter to call the police, which he had already done. I told the man in black that he was being held on citizens arrest (I had seen it in a show one time). Being that this is a small town, the police were there almost instantly.The police detained the young man and I filled out a police report. Before the man in black was taken out of the court, he exclaimed he would be pressing charges against me for "attacking and detaining him". Can I legally make a citizens arrest or was I wrong?
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