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Bloomington brothers make citizen's arrest

Posted: 10:51 PM, Feb 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-11 23:35:57-05

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A Bloomington man took the law into his own hands and made a citizen's arrest when he says a man was breaking into his garage. 

"I rolled over, grabbed my pistol and a flashlight. As I was walking outside, I heard some clutter in the garage, so I knew it was an actual break-in. At this point, I knew it was on, so I pointed my pistol at the garage door, here, and the intruder started to come out," Kyle Kaericher said.

The homeowner said the intruder was holding a flashlight, that he initially thought was a gun. The man tried to get away and the two started to fight. 

"All of a sudden my brother comes running out of the front door, bare foot, jumps on the guy, puts him in a strangle hold, takes him to the ground," Kaericher said.

As he placed handcuffs on the man, the police arrived. 

Although they don't recommend them, Bloomington Police say citizen's arrests are legal, but only if you perform one to stop a felony or a misdemeanor that constitutes a breach of peace. 

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