There were plenty of armed and uniformed posse members helping out or looking for unauthorized immigrants to nab.
We succeeded to some extent, but failed to nab the key leaders, at which point Bush decided he wanted to invade Iraq.
“The quick reaction of the security chief and the detectives is what helped us nab the suspect,” one source told The Daily Beast.
"to catch (someone)," 1680s, probably a variant of dialectal nap "to seize, catch, lay hold of" (1670s, now surviving only in kidnap), which possibly is from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian nappe, Swedish nappa "to catch, snatch;" Danish nappe "to pinch, pull"); reinforced by Middle English napand "grasping, greedy." Related: Nabbed; nabbing.
(also nabs) A police officer or detective (1950s+ Street gang)
To catch; seize; arrest; collar: The officers nabbed him around the corner (1686+)
[fr dialect nap as in kidnap, perhaps related to Swedish nappa, ''catch,'' or Danish nappe, ''pull''; probably related to nip; the noun sense is recorded in British criminal slang by 1813]