Mark, at the moment I contacted him, the only thing i *knew* he did wrong was solicit without a permit, a municipal code violation. I knew he trespassed, but could not prove it. I am not going to confront someone armed over a muni code violation. He is no threat to me or my family and he was off of my property by then. I am not the police,and that is there job. Over the 18 years I have lived in my neighborhood, we have had a series of 3 sets of burglars. Each thief used the door to door selling ruse until they were caught.
The sheriff detained/arrested him for the muni viloation and my wife arrested him for 314pc(indecent exposure)and 647a pc(lewd conduct). The DA will also , I assume, charge the 602 violation(tresspass) in the court process, as our community property is well posted with signs. It is kind of ironic that a black person can yell all sorts of vulgar racial slurs and threats that I can not even come close to posting here, yet that is never a hate crime. Racist come in all colors. Frankly, I don't believe saying any words should be a crime in the first place; freedom of speech, is freedom of speech,and I think they are poorly applied laws most of the time.
And yes, 80 year old men can be a threat with a gun to a crook. My guess if he would have been stupid enough to fight us, the old man would have shot him full of holes. No DA in Orange County is going to charge a frail old man with a heart condition trying to defend himself or a neighbor. No jury would ever convict him of anything, except of doing a good deed. Age gets you more leaway with the laws of self defense.