Dayton, Ohio is a safer place tonight because of a brave 90 year old citizen who works in a local Laundromat.
Back in 2010 90 year-old George Hicks was beaten and robbed inside of his laundromat. He was defenseless then, and he decided not to let that happen again. Fast forward to 2013 and the situation is playing itself out in much the same way.
A man in a hoodie walked in to Mr. Hicks’ laundromat, pushed him, and demanded that Hicks give him all his money. Unlike 2010, this time Mr. Hicks was ready. Mr. Hicks grabbed his gun and chased the would be robber out of his store. Once the criminal was gone, Mr. Hicks called 911.
The dispatcher he connected with wondered if the crook had taken his money.
“No. No. 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 said.
Another local businessman thinks Mr. Hicks is a hero.
“I want to shake the man’s hand,” Tom Mauro, owner of the nearby Third Base Drive Thru, told WGRT. He can relate to Hicks: When two masked men tried to rob him in September, Mauro grabbed his gun and shot one of them in the chest, WGRT reported. “I work seven days a week here and I really don’t want people coming in here taking what doesn’t belong to them. I won’t put up with it,” Mauro said.
Here is the story from the local news.