The Penal Code recognizes
the right of a person to arrest another. Under Penal Code section 837, a private person may arrest another person:
For a public
offense committed or attempted in the arresting person’s presence.
When the person
has committed a felony, though not in the arresting person’s presence.
When a felony
has been committed, and the arresting person has reasonable cause to believe
the person to be arrested committed it.
A citizen making an arrest
under these provisions has a limited r...