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Citizens' arrests: a gray area, says sheriff

Recent example where prison escapee was detained brings up complexities of laws around the issue in less-clear circumstances

By Dayton Daily News Staff

DAYTON, Ohio — When James David Myers used ladders to scale the fences of the Mansfield Correctional Institution on July 3, police circulated bulletins on television, radio and social media warning the public about the escaped inmate, who was serving a 40-year prison sentence for rape, kidnapping, burglary and stalking.

A day later, a man recognized Myers inside of the Olivesburg General Store in Richland County. He tackled him and held him at bay until police arrived on scene, according to reports.

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