There is no "Citizens Arrest" here in NC.
This is a discussion on Citizens Arrest!! Citizens Arrest!! within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So your minding your own business and you see a scumbag snatch an old ladies purse. You catch the guy and say "This is a ...
So your minding your own business and you see a scumbag snatch an old ladies purse. You catch the guy and say "This is a citizens arrest." The guy laughs and breaks free. Are you allowed to draw your weapon and command he stop? (Thats what police do when they make an arrest.) Of course if the guy runs you have to run after him and cannot fire. (Thats a given) But will you get in trouble if after informing him you are making a citizens arrest, you draw you gun to hold him with?
There is no "Citizens Arrest" here in NC.
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It's a foolish notion from the start. The purse is gone and the old lady is not in danger and you are not threatened in any way. Your concealed carry permit does not make you a policeman. Memorize a description of the perp, call 911, offer comfort for the old lady, and serve as a witness when the police arrive.
Be reasonable. See things my way.
Given this scenario, you could legally detain the BG until an LEO arrives, but I don't think drawing your gun passes the "reasonable manner" test.
Youi can make a 'citizen's arrest ' here. Here , you could use the level of force necessary to detain him "IF " it's a felony. Snatching a purse would not likely be a felony.
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As far as Citizen Arrest goes, You can detain the BG in a manner that does not escalate to a force that will harm you or the BG. As crappy as this is the law will even bring charges against you, even though you are trying to be a good citizen. This is more true if you draw your firearm. Now it might be different if you use deadly force in the preservation of someones life. But I would not recommend drawing your firearm.
The answer is crystal clear, if you think about it."This is a citizens arrest." The guy laughs and breaks free. Are you allowed to draw your weapon and command he stop?
Is your life or the life of an innocent bystander in danger from this fleeing purse snatcher?
Like I said, think about it...
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2. That's not necessarily what the cops do, it is an option based on perceived threat. A gun is NOT a tool used to make an arrest. I actually like the British method: "Stop, or I'll blow my whistle really really loudly!"
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Next stop, concealed Whistle permits.
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There's a lot more to it than that.Are you allowed to draw your weapon and command he stop? (Thats what police do when they make an arrest.)
I personally think it's foolish to attempt to make a Citizen's Arrest in most cases. Think about this, the LEO making an arrest has statutory authority to do so. The citizen doesn't. The LEO also has the financial backing of his or her agency and policies to follow. All the citizen has is his or her good intentions and winning smile. Are you willing to risk your financial future on that, not to mention possible criminal prosecution?
Last edited by Captain Crunch; June 26th, 2009 at 12:55 PM. Reason: Fixed quote tags
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To the OP...
I'm only calling 911 and giving assistance to the elderly lady. Let the cops handle the purse snatcher...it's not a crime for a citizen to become involved with...
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