Northeast Tarrant

Motorist makes ‘citizen’s arrest’ in Southlake

A motorist who said he saw a man in another car beating a woman forced the man out of the car at gunpoint Friday and held him until officers arrived, Southlake police reported.

Southlake officers were dispatched to Farm Road 1709 and Tower Road at 1:35 p.m. Friday after a caller reported an assault in progress. The officers found two men outside their vehicles in the middle of the roadway, according to a news release from Southlake Police Chief Steve Mylett.

One was pointing a gun at the other, the release said.

The man with the gun told police that he had seen the other man assaulting a female passenger. When both vehicles stopped, the man with the gun got out and pointed it at the other man and held him there for police, the release said.

Traffic on Farm Road 1709 stopped in both directions until officers arrived, the release said.

The man with the gun, who was not identified by authorities, has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, the release said.

The other man, identified as MacMichael Nwaiwu, 28, was arrested. He was booked him into the Keller Jail.

The Tarrant County district attorney's office was consulted to determine if the man with the gun had violated a law. Based on the preliminary investigation, Mylett said, the DA’s office said no violation was apparent. The investigation is continuing.

“While we commend this citizen's willingness to get involved in order to protect a victim of crime, the Southlake Police Department does not encourage the public to expose themselves in such a manner,” Mylett said. “Instead, we strongly recommend” that people who witness a crime call 911.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3