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Sledgehammer
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If you catch them in the very act (flagrante delicto, as it were), you should be able to arrest them without causing yourself too much trouble. If you arrest anybody (not just a juvenile) without cause, you expose yourself to a false imprisonment civil suit.

On the other hand, if they are neighbor kids and you know who they are, it isn't really necessary to arrest them (you can ID them). Or, you could photograph them for later identification. Either of these saves you the hassle of trying to hold them without hurting them or the possibility of a civil suit.

If you do have to arrest them, you might want to make sure you have witnesses. You also might want to avoid taking them into your house. Kids will say just about anything to get out of trouble, including making up things like you molested them or beat them.
 
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