(a criminal) was apprehended

The word "apprehend" means to catch. We use it to talk about police catching criminals, suspects, fugitives, and so on:

Police have apprehended a man suspected of robbing a couple at gunpoint in the waterfront district.

This is a somewhat formal or technical-sounding word. It's mostly used by police officers, government officials, and in the news. In normal conversation, use "catch" instead:

Have they caught the guy who did it yet?

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