I am curious about citizen's arrest, at least in how it applies in the U.S., particularly the recourse the arresting party has in case of resistance/evasion. Let's say you see an assault/battery take place, after which the perpetrator attempts to flee. Can a civilian apprehend them and detain them until law enforcement arrives?
Also interested in what constitutes a legitimate justification for such an action. Do you have a right to detain any individual until police arrives and what are repercussions for "false imprisonment".
Yesterday, I witnessed something that could be considered an assault in a major thoroughfare in a major U.S. city. A seeming minor but fully grown (probably 16-17) was riding around on a scooter in a square intimidating and harassing passerbys. At some point, he rides by an older guy and does something that looks like a punch in the shoulder. The old guy was okay but that still qualifies as an assault, no? Since there was no police officers around, could any citizen have arrested the kid?