Business owner: Suspect robbed "the wrong place"

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Business owner: Suspect robbed "the wrong place"

Dayton police will not pursue charges against a business owner who shot a man that tried to rob his store late Sunday night.

Thomas Mauro, 59, owner of the 3rd Base Drive Thru, 3535 Linden Ave., told police that two white males came into his business and approached the clerk in an attempt to rob the store.

Mauro, who was in the back of the building, saw one of the men display a handgun. That's when he shot one of the robbers in the chest, prompting them both to flee.

Police identified Ian York, 19, as the man that was shot by Mauro. After leaving the business, York ran to the Hasty Tasty Pancake House next door at 3509 Linden Ave., where he collapsed and was found by investigators.

"It was the wrong place to rob," Mauro said. He will not be charged for the shooting, according to officials at the Dayton Police Department.

York was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he remained on Monday. Hospital officials were not permitted to release his condition.

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