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Man witnesses crash after police chase, captures carjacking suspects with citizens' arrest
A Great American doing His Civic Duty!!
We need More People like this!!
Can we clone Him??
Two men who captured a teenager as he allegedly was stealing their medical marijuana landed on the wrong side of the law themselves when they took justice into their own hands, prosecutors say.
"The police would not have had the right to do the things these defendants did," Jackson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Beth Heckert said.
Nicholas R. Jackson, 34, of Medford, and Kekai K. Kuehu, 32, of Ashland, were sentenced Wednesday by Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Gerking after they tied the 17-year-old to a wheelchair for hours, knocked him in the head with a hammer handle and forced him to dig his own "grave" before letting him go, Heckert said.
Each faced charges of first- and second-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault for their actions in the Nov. 19, 2010, incident. Jackson was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading no contest to the assault charge. Kuehu pleaded guilty to coercion, a lesser charge, and was given a 17-month suspended sentence and placed on three years' supervised probation.
Jackson had hired Kuehu to keep watch over the legal marijuana garden. After hearing noise in the garden, Kuehu pursued two teenagers who entered the site off Meridian Road in Eagle Point between 3 and 4 a.m. Kuehu captured one of the teenagers, took him into a residence and bound his hands and feet with packaging tape and rope.
Kuehu eventually strapped the victim into a wheelchair, covered him with a blanket and left him in a bathroom for several hours while attempting to contact Jackson, Heckert said.
"(Kuehu) said he lost his cellphone during the scuffle, and he had to wait until morning to retrieve it," she said. "Then he had trouble locating Mr. Jackson."
Jackson eventually arrived and began questioning the teen about stealing his marijuana, whacking him on the head with a wooden stick when he didn't like the answers, Heckert said.
"He had lacerations that required stitches," she said.
Jackson also went to the teen's home to search for his marijuana. He told the teen's family that the boy was in the custody of juvenile authorities, "implying the police had been handling the case," Heckert said.
At some point the teen was taken outside and told to dig a hole in the ground meant to represent a grave. Then he was released, barefoot, to walk back to his friend's home four or five miles down the road.
Heckert said both defendants had the right to make a citizen's arrest and even to use force to detain the teen. But they crossed the line when they assaulted him during questioning and made him dig a "grave" before releasing him, she said.
"If you make a citizen's arrest, you have to call the police," Heckert said.
Instead, it was the victim who contacted police, she said. At first police were skeptical about his story. But when they went to Jackson's grow site, officers saw the tape and the wheelchair, and even got a partial admission from Jackson and Kuehu about what had happened. The defendants denied assaulting the teen, and said the boy had offered to dig a hole in the backyard of his own volition, Heckert said.
"This was a very strange case," Heckert said.
Jackson and Kuehu originally were held on $2 million bail each. Neither of the 17-year-olds was charged with a crime.
Second-degree assault typically carries a minimum sentence of five years, 10 months, under Measure 11 sentencing guidelines. Gerking said Jackson qualified to receive a milder sentence because of a "safety valve" written into the law that allows judges to impose lesser sentences on offenders who have little or no criminal history. Jackson is free on bail and must report to prison Oct. 1.
"I'm not going to scold you," Gerking said. "I'm just really sad to have to do this."
"Citizens Arrest" and "Vigilante Justice" are two different topics.
ATASCOSA COUNTY Texas-- A would-be thief is resting his broken ankle behind bars after being chased down by gun-toting residents, according to authorities.
"I'm so glad to have pro-active neighbors," exclaimed Patricia Herman. She's patting her neighbors on the back for making a citizen's arrest.
The rural neighborhood took justice into their own hands when they armed themselves against the alleged burglar who was wanted in at least two counties.
It all started on the second floor of a gated home in Pleasanton. The alleged burglar did not heed the warning of the no-trespassing sign. To his surprise the victim appeared with a 20-gage shot gun and no mercy.
Deputies say 30-year-old Dominic Rene Vasquez was trapped between a gun barrel and a window. He chose to run.
"He bailed off an 18-foot balcony and broke his ankle," said Herman.
Deputies say even with a bad ankle he tried to scurry into the bushes and chicken out with the neighbor's flock.
"He's the one who saw him, hanging out on our chicken coop and came out with his pistol and tried to make a citizen's arrest," said Howard.
Reportedly a retired cop emerged from his home armed, and with other neighbors, tackled the suspect until authorities arrived.
Deputies say they recovered the victim's 250 bucks. Deputy Chief David Soward doesn't recommend going after a criminal- but this was the exception.
"He did the right thing and armed himself," said Soward. "In this case it worked out."
Herman agrees. "Perhaps if he didn't want to go back to prison he shouldn't be burglarizing houses," she said.
Deputies say the suspect was in a stolen truck that belonged to a victim out of San Antonio. Wilson County authorities are also expected to connect the suspect to crimes there as well.
San Antonio News clip with video
Tallahassee, FL - September 27, 2012
Trio of Local Residents Stop a Masked Robber and Place Him Under Citizen's Arrest
and hog tied him until authorities got there.
Leon County Sheriff's deputies say 16-year-old Kegan Ornelas walked into the Circle K on Thomasville Road wearing a bandana over his face just after 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
Ornelas jumped over the counter, knife in hand, and demanded money from the store clerk.
Investigators say two witnesses - Kenneth Redding and Fabian Miller - met Ornelas at the door and subdued him. They say a third man, Richard Hartsfield, grabbed some rope out of his car.
The three men then tied the teenager up and waited for deputies to arrive.
LCSO says no one was hurt. Ornelas is charged with Robbery with a deadly weapon.
News clip with video
The video includes an interview with one of the three law abiding Americans.