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Elderly Laundromat owner thwarts robbery by pulling his own gun: ‘It was just funny’

By Travis Gettys
Friday, January 3, 2014 8:10 EDT
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An elderly Laundromat owner in Dayton, Ohio, chased off an armed robber by pulling his own gun.

Police said the gunman came into the R&J Laundromat about 5 p.m. Monday and asked 90-year-old George Hicks to make change for a $5 bill.

“He come in and he looked at the pop machine and he walked around and he asked me if I’d give him change,” Hicks said. “I pulled the door open again and that time he shoved me.”

Police said the man pushed Hicks, pointed a gun at him and demanded all the money when he opened the cash drawer, but the store owner reached into his pocket, grabbed his own gun and told the robber he wasn’t getting anything.

“When he shoved me, I jumped up and went for my gun and when I went for my gun I said I’ll blow your (expletive) brains out and he was gone,” Hicks told dispatchers.

The would-be robber fled without taking any money.

“When I went for my gun he run out the door. He never got nothing,” said Hicks, who was previously beaten and robbed in 2010.

Hicks, who has owned the Laundromat for 12 years, did not have a gun during the previous robbery.

This time, Hicks said he wasn’t scared.

“Why get scared? I’ve got the gun, and he’s running,” he said. “It was just funny.”

The would-be robber remains at large.

Watch surveillance video of the incident posted online by the Dayton Daily News:

 
 
 
 
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