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 The elements of a false imprisonment cause of action are: (1) willful detention by the defendant, (2) without consent of the detainee, and (3) without authority of law. Sears, Roebuck, & Co. v. Castillo, 693 S.W.2d 374, 375 (Tex. 1985). A detention may be accomplished by violence, by threats, or by any other means that restrain a person from moving from one place to another. Randall's Food Mkt., Inc. v. Johnson, 891 S.W.2d 640, 645 (Tex. 1995).


Where it is alleged that a detention is effected by a threat, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the threat was such as would inspire in the threatened person a just fear of injury to his person, reputation, or property. Id. Threats to call the police are not ordinarily sufficient in themselves to effect an unlawful imprisonment. Morales v. Lee, 668 S.W.2d 867, 869 (Tex. App.--San Antonio 1984, no writ)(citing W. PROSSER, TORTS § 11 (4th ed. 1971)). In determining whether such threats are sufficient to overcome the plaintiff's free will, factors such as the relative size, age, experience, sex, and physical demeanor of the participants may be considered. Black v. Kroger Co., 527 S.W.2d 794, ...

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