Feb. 26, 2009 — -- There are some celebrities you just don't want to push around.
Turns out celebutante Nicky Hilton is one of them. The hotel heiress was standing outside an IHOP in West Hollywood at 5 a.m. Saturday when a homeless man shoved her from behind onto the hood of a car.
When a waitress ran out to see what the commotion was, a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy, taking a coffee break inside IHOP, followed. By then, Hilton had matters in hand.
More angry than hurt, the waiflike 25-year-old "announced that she was placing the man under citizen's arrest," L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told ABCNews.com.
Police arrested the man, Michael Broadhurst, 50, cited him for misdemeanor battery and released him that afternoon.
Whitmore said Hilton did not take matters completely into her own hands, because a deputy was right there on the scene -- but she went further than many people would.
The news that Hilton is one tough cookie -- not to mention that she dines at IHOP -- may come as a surprise, but she is not alone. She joined other celebrity vigilantes who seemed unafraid to fight back when attacked.
Whether fending off a knife-wielding mugger or chasing down a hit-and-run driver, these celebrities seemed less concerned with being celebrities than with taking charge of the situation.