Is It Possible To Make A “Citizen’s Arrest” In NYC?

Six days ago, Ro Malabanan, an MMA fighter, made news when he made a “citizen’s arrest” in Manhattan. According to reports, he came upon the suspect, Samuel Frazier, as Frazier punched a construction worker. He had apparently assaulted six others before Malabanan arrived on the scene.

Malabanan checked to make sure the victim was okay, and then chased after the victim and tackled him. He pinned him to the game.

Citizen’s arrests certainly show up a great deal on popular television shows as well. Yet you should be very careful before assuming you should make one.

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Jeffery Greco

Jeffery Greco is an attorney providing legal services covering Criminal Defense and Criminal Defense: White Collar and Criminal Defense: DUI / DWI. Jeffery Greco, who practices law in New York, New York, was selected to Super Lawyers for 2020 - 2023. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors. Prior to becoming an attorney, he studied at South Texas College of Law Houston. He graduated in 2004. After passing the bar exam, he was admitted to legal practice in 2005.

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