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April 22nd, 2005 8:20 am

Patrick Haab Acted Lawfully - Charges Dropped

And justice prevails again.

Maricopa County Attorney AndrewThomas declined Thursday to prosecute an Army reservist who acknowledged having held seven Mexican men at gunpoint at a southwestern Arizona rest stop. Sgt. Patrick Haab did not commit a crime and was making a lawful citizen’s arrest when he detained six illegal immigrants and the man smuggling them, Thomas said at a news conference. Thomas said that after a complete analysis of the issues involved and the applicable law, “prosecution is not appropriate.” … Thomas’ office said Arizona citizens have the right to make a citizen’s arrest if either a federal or state felony offense has been committed in their presence or if a felony has been committed and the citizen has reasonable grounds to believe the person he intends to arrest has committed it.

For full disclosure, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is a Republican. I only bring that up to say, for Patrick Haab’s sake, thank God he wasn’t a Democrat.

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