Starbucks Robbery Suspect Plans to Sue Customer

Fresno police chief says idea of lawsuit is 'ludicrous'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2017 2:27 AM CDT

A California man who tried to rob a Starbucks armed with a knife and a fake gun is now planning to sue the man who stopped him, according to his parents. Ryan Flores, 30, was stabbed repeatedly with his own knife in a fight with customer Cregg Jerri, 58, who hit him in the back with a chair as he threatened a barista in the attempted robbery in Fresno, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "The guy, in my opinion, went from a Good Samaritan to a vigilante," Flores' mother, Pamela Chimienti, tells KSEE. "Stabbing somebody that many times, it doesn't take that many stab wounds to get somebody to succumb to you." She says her son had 17 stab wounds, lacerations, and defensive wounds.

Jerri was slashed in the neck before getting the knife away from Flores and needed six stitches. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says Jerri was not charged in connection with the incident and the idea of suing him for allegedly using excessive force is "ludicrous." Flores, who wore a Transformers mask during the attempted robbery, was charged with second-degree robbery and assault with a deadly weapon and has been in jail since the July incident. "I'm taking it one step at a time," he tells the Fresno Bee. "I don't like to judge people, but that’s a lot of stab wounds." (Earlier this month, a Taco Bell worker in Cleveland fatally shot an armed robber.)

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