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Woman Tackles Man Twice Her Age To Make Citizen's Arrest

A 26-year-old woman is being hailed a hero after tackling a man almost twice her age after he allegedly stole a mobile phone.

Another woman, 22, was approached by the 45-year-old man on Bay Road in Sydney's Ultimo on Sunday night. After a struggle, he allegedly snatched her phone from her hand.

The victim began yelling for help, and the 26-year-old sprang into action, running up to the man and tackling him to the ground.

She and two friends restrained the man until police arrived, performing a citizens arrest.

In an additional twist, the man allegedly defecated in the back of the police car on the way in.

He has since been charged with theft, causing malicious damage and having goods in custody, and was refused bail.

He's due to appear at Central Local Court on Monday.

Under NSW legislation, a citizens arrest is legal if a person is in the act of committing an offence or has just committed an offence.

However, if you fail to bring the person to a police officer as soon as possible, you could potentially be charged with assault, false imprisonment or deprivation of liberty.

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