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Man assaulted while trying to place wanted felon under citizen's arrest

Man assaulted while trying to place wanted felon under citizen's arrest

(THE MED CITY BEAT) - A Rochester man was assaulted Thursday night by his wife's ex-husband while trying to place him under a citizen's arrest.

According to police, the man attempted to handcuff Michael Stanger, 38, outside a home in the 1200 block of Second Avenue NW around 9:30 p.m. Stanger had a felony warrant out for his arrest, making it legal under Minnesota law for a private person to arrest him.

Stanger punched the man in the face before he could handcuff him, notes the police report. Officers arrived a short time later and arrested him.

A warrant for Stanger's arrest was issued late last month following a probation violation. Public access records show Stanger has been in and out of police custody since he was 18 years old.

He most recently served time for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. The victim was 13 to 15 years old.

A private person may arrest another:

  1. For a public offense committed or attempted in the arresting person's presence;
  2. When the person arrested has committed a felony, although not in the arresting person's presence; or
  3. When a felony has in fact been committed, and the arresting person has reasonable cause for believing the person arrested to have committed it.

Minnesota law also requires that a person take the arrested individual before a judge or peace officer without "unnecessary" delay.


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