Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Attempted robber may sue good Samaritan who beat him up

Attempted robber may sue good Samaritan who beat him up

A suspect in an armed robbery case is planning to sue the man who stepped in and prevented him from carrying out the robbery.

Video surveillance footage shows a man, identified by investigators as Flores, entering the Starbucks wearing a Transformers mask and carrying a yellow bag as another man, Cregg Jerri, looks on.

Fresno Police said the suspect, 30-year-old Ryan Flores, attempted to rob a Starbucks in July with a knife and toy gun. Cragg Jerri, 58, slowly crept up behind Flores with a chair and slammed it into his back.

Police said Jerri was stabbed in the neck during the violent encounter, but managed to wrestle away the knife and stab Flores multiple times.

Flores's mother, Pamela Chimienti, described Jerri's actions as "excessive force" and told KSEE that Flores planned to file a lawsuit. "The guy in my opinion went from good Samaritan to vigilante". "It doesn't take that many stab wounds to get somebody to succumb to you", she said.

Chief Jerry Dyer called the claims "ludicrous" and says Jerri shouldn't face any charges.

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Flores is facing a felony attempted robbery charge.

Jerri was filmed beating the suspect over the head with the chair before they fell to the ground wrestling for the knife.

Mark Flores, the man's father, told the Fresno Bee: "I understand he (his son) robbed the store but (Jerri) stabbed my son 17 times". When that doesn't work, Flores pulls out a knife. It's hard to see exactly what happens as the two men tangle, but investigators said Flores stabbed Jerri in the neck. Flores has not confirmed the lawsuit.

Legal analyst Charles Magill told YourCentralValley that Jerri has little to worry about.

Police said Flores got into a truck and drove away from the scene, but ditched the vehicle and was later found bleeding on the side of the road.

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