If you see a crime being committed and no police officer is in sight, you have the right to make a citizen’s arrest. If you do decide to make one, be very careful. Not only do you risk being hurt if the suspect is armed or
dangerous but you may be sued if you make a mistake.
You are entitled to make a citizen’s arrest when you see a felony (a serious crime usually involving violence) or someone fleeing from one. Check with your local police department or district attorney to learn if you can arrest someone for a misdemeanor (a minor crime, such as vandalism).