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Does store security have a right to put their hands on you?

I went to a store to look at some tools. I had two tools in my hands. The value was around 75.00. As I was in the store I felt like everybody was watching me. I felt like I was a target. I dropped both tools in one of the battery drill sets and walked out the door. As I walked out my car must of been 6 feet away and some guy in regular street clothes grabbed me and physically slammed me into the ground. He was reaching into my pockets and took my cell phone. I didn't know who this man was. I felt I was in harms way I got into my car and left the mall. As soon as I got home there was a police man that was waiting for me. He was told by the investigator to check my car for any evidence and found none. Then I was taken back to the store and charged with forcibly robbery d felony. The investigator also had my car towed and stripped down and found nothing that belongs to the store. He did take out some of my own tools and I have the receipts too. He won't give back anything. I thing I might have a strong case on them for what they put me through. Robbery has gone to grand jury. Please let me know what my rights are. Thank you.

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    Joel M. Lutwin | Lutwin & Lutwin, LLP
    401 Broadway
    New York, NY 10013
    (212) 431-5757
    You are not guilty of anything -get an attorney ASAP-YOU HAVE A CIVIL SUIT AGAINST THE STORE AND THE GUY WHO SLAMMED YOU!
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 1/7/2014
    John J. Carney | The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    401 East 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    (917) 696-2363
    Retain a good lawyer to investigate the matter and represent you. I do not know the facts and would not be able to advise you unless I has the file and talked to the prosecutor and witnesses.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 1/5/2014
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