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UPDATE: Owner Speaks Out About Fmr. Marines' Alleged Robbery Attempt

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - An update on that attempted robbery in Georgetown, foiled by the store owner. The man being called a hero spoke only to WMDT, showing us exactly how it all went down. We're also learning more about the suspect, a local veteran, with a troubled past.

"Doug saved my life and he is a hero."

Still shaken up, the Hitchens Auto Sales employee shares those frightening moments when she says an armed robber put a gun in her face and demanded money.

"I put the phone under the desk to try to take my fingers and find the numbers to 911," said the victim.

Business owner Doug Hitchens was in the other room, and says once he heard "gun" he knew he had to act fast.

"I just reached in and grabbed him and threw him down here on the stones, and dared him to get back up. Then I jumped on him and took the end of the pipe and was holding it in his neck like this," said Doug.

"I yelled to him 'he has a gun', and he took the gun from him," said the employee.

Doug says he grabbed the gun, and pointed it at the suspect until police showed up, minutes later.

We found out the would-be robber, 27-year-old Aaron Jefferson of Millsboro, was in the Marines for seven years, and was deployed to Kuwait. However, he was dishonorable discharged for misconduct in 2011. While on the ground, Doug says Jefferson told him he had been living in cardboard boxes.

"He said the Marines used him up and threw him away. I went on to tell him he was a disgrace to the Marines," said Doug.

Doug says Jefferson then apologized to him.

"We had worked so hard and struggled just to make it through the first year that, there was no way he was coming in and taking money we worked so hard for," he said.

We've also learned that the suspect was reportedly dropped off to the scene of the crime in a white car, with three others inside. Delaware State Police say they are looking for more suspects involved. If you know anything call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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