So I didn't know who to ask this to, but I have some friends who have said how helpful this board can be. So heres the situation: I have a friend who recently was confronted by a store employee/owner (most likely owner/security), while he was attempting to shoplift a pair of swimwear that he had stuffed in his shorts. The guy grabbed him extremely roughly, and confronted him and my friend promply admitted his crime and returned the item. Then the guy proceeded to punch my friend directly in the face, and then was holding him down, and wouldn't let him leave and was continuing to be very violent as he was bleeding all over the place. Then another employee came over and they both grabbed him and started screaming call the police, and then after a few more moments of terror they just let him go. After leaving the store, he was continuing to bleed and then was taken to the ER where he found out he had a broken nose and needed five stitches. The question is: What should he do? Since yes he was in the wrong, but the store owner also didn't have the right to physically assult my friend, under the principles of citizens arrest he only has the right to hold him until the police arrive. The problem is he would like to press charges for the assult, but he can't do this without admitting to attempting to shoplift. What should he do? 1) Not do anything and let the guy get away with assulting people, but also not get in further trouble for shoplifting. 2) Report the guy for the assult and then deal with the consequences of his attempted shoplifting 3) Anyone have any other ideas?