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This is probably a case of false imprisonment. I don't have reason to believe that this was a criminal action, but rather you and everyone else could have a civil cause of action against this person.
False imprisonment occurs when a person is confined to a bounded area. In a suit for false imprisonment, the damages award may include compensation for loss of earnings while imprisoned, for bodily and mental suffering caused by the imprisonment, and for expenses incurred in securing discharge from restraint including a reasonable attorney fees.
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I can understand. So, if she suffered mental suffering as a result, then that is something that you could sue under. You would have to show that she suffered some mental harm such as through reports by a doctor or a therapist. The reason it's not a criminal matter is because it doesn't appear that the state legislature had made something like this a crime. I cannot find anything that would suggest that this is criminal, but it doesn't mean you would have some recourse. Even then, without any physical harm, it seems improbable that a district attorney would pursue the case, unfortunately.
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You'd want to find a civil litigation attorney and the statute of limitations for this is one year in NY state so you have some time, but you must move quick.
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