We went to a movie at a Subway theater and on the way out we talked with 4 young girls who had been texting during the movie. All of a sudden a female came from behind started shouting obscenities and threatening. A worker from behind the sandwich counter told us all to leave. My wife was in the bathroom and my daughter and I left for our truck. My daughter 10 years old was behind me trailing as I went to unlock the truck. All of a sudden my daughter screams daddy she hurt my back and was crying this female had hit her into a truck. I turned horrified and angry and stepped in to keep her from approaching or getting at my daughter again. The female started shouting obscenities racial and other wise and mentioning she knew who I was and wasn't afraid of me. She came at me three times hitting and kicking attempting to kick me in the groin. I palmed her to the face three times knocking her down each time she got up and came again. Finally she had had enough and as my wife walks out she yells your husband is leaving you because we were trying to get in our vehicle. Now through all of this I am thinking this was a 15 year old high on something? We go home an hour later a good officer shows up to ask me what happened we explain he examines me and my daughter and tells us of her incoherent calls to the police station and refused to give her location. Turns out she is 24 and career drug user and violent offender doing violence everywhere she goes. Everyone from the police, troopers and corrections knows her. I was glad I did not know this at the time because I may have decided to do some serious damage to her. In discussions with most all law enforcement I was surprised how many advised I should have done some real damage to this person even had the right to shoot her? I had some business and was in the whole trooper shop and they all knew who this person was and thought I should have done a lot more. I told them it was not morally right to use more force than necessary. Yes at 63 I later had some bruising and my wife a nurse was concerned about my getting blood clots? I was a little sore later but went away. The investigation officer came back to days later to reinter view us a as filing assault charges on the female. It took a month for them to catch her and her trial has been postponed three times. The trial will be in 6 days. I do not want my daughter to attend she was traumatized enough. Interesting thing the DA called and said they were giving me a special email notice of anytime this person was to be in court and I have received those. End of story is that true self defense is about weighing the total cost of your actions. Regardless of all the emotional statements of what many officers said they would have done the actual exposure of my being a male standing over a young female obviously hurt or having her in a painful nerve lock when an unknown officer drives up was too negative to consider. We did the right thing in going home and letting law enforcement do their investigation proving us right in our actions and possibly getting this person off the street. However I do not think jail however long or short will change this person's behavior because of more deep seated mental and historical violence. I could in no wise justify doing permanent damage or shooting this person. Over 40 years in MA always vigilant to things before they happen but all the most dangerous situations come out of nowhere you never expect? The older and greyer you get the more a target you become. I am constantly getting attacked as I walk my dog legally on a leash by dogs off their leashes some even large pit bulls. I love dogs and we have no vet now in our town and do not want to hurt dogs or see mine need stitches. I just ordered the 10 million volt Police baton Taser flash light. Some dog is going to get his nuts fried. My corrections friend said I should use my bear spray but that would send the dog home and make everyone in the house cough which I think is escalation not to mention I may get it on myself and my dog in the me lay? Starting to think No Country For Old Men?