citizen's arrest

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

Origin:
1950–55

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citizen's arrest
 
n
an arrest carried out by an ordinary member of the public rather than an officer of the law

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Example sentences
Anyone can make a citizen's arrest if he or she sees a misdemeanor being
  attempted or committed.
Construed as a citizen's arrest, the delay was unnecessary.
The trial court further noted the doctrine of citizen's arrest, which would
  support as valid, an arrest made by a civilian.
Respondent was placed under citizen's arrest for petty theft and the police
  were contacted.
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