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Yes. This is clearly kidnapping. It is probably not a terribly aggravated sub-type of kidnapping, but it is kidnapping nonetheless. It is probably a felony. The fact that the victim does not press charges, or ratifies the conduct after the fact, does not change the fact that a crime was committed. The police decision to arrest the ex-boyfriend was ...


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If A reasonably suspects that B committed a felony, A may arrest B, which means that A may also use reasonable force to detain B. They can also arrest for a misdemeanor committed in their presence, if it constituted a breach of peace. It is, of course, up to A to be correct that the act is a felony or a breach of peace, and to know what is reasonable force. ...


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Yes. Abduction is defined by the use of force, not by the amount of resistance to force.


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It would depend very, very highly on the facts and circumstances. For a real brain-bender on that one, watch a movie called "10 Cloverfield Lane". (it's not what it first appears to be). However you must balance that "kidnapping" charge against a duty of care which compel some people to help you, and the good Samaritan laws which indemnify anyone else who ...


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It may depend on jurisdiction, but as a general rule, one of the elements of committing a crime is intent/mens-rea/guilty mind. If they were attempting to help you and you were not in a state to object, and they did not know your wishes it is unlikely they would be charged with kidnapping - note that part of your definition is "typically to obtain a ransom"...


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As noted in the comments, the correct answer depends upon where the conduct in question happened. In most cases, nothing. There is a qualified privilege from civil liability for reports made to public officials of alleged misconduct. The burden to overcome that qualified privilege is very high. There may be a minor criminal charge if the police believe ...


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