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If somebody throws something at you, meaning to hurt you with

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If somebody throws something at you, meaning to hurt you with it, are you allowed to keep the object after it lands on your head then settles on your newspaper in your lap that you were quietly reading at the time before it all happened?
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Please clarify: what was the object, who did it belong to, and why was it thrown?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
a disposable cigarette lighter being thrown at me by an unemployed youth in a cafe. All I know is it hit me. I do not really know for sure why it was thrown.
Under the circumstances, you've described, yes, you can keep the thrown object. For all practical purposes, it is evidence of a possible crime (assault) and can be surrendered to law enforcement or retained as evidence for any future civil lawsuit.

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