A masked man attempted to rob a Starbucks in Fresno, California, using a knife and a toy gun, but his efforts were thwarted by a Good Samaritan who came up from behind the would-be robber and bashed him over the head with a chair. Now, the thief’s mother says that her son plans to sue the hero because he used “excessive force.”
The video of the July robbery, showing Cregg Jerri, 58, struggling with the knife-wielding criminal in a Transformers mask, went viral as soon as it was released by police. The robber has since been identified as Ryan Flores, 30.
After hitting him with the chair, Jerri can be seen in the video rolling around on the floor with Flores, fighting him until he eventually gained the upper hand. Police said Jerri was stabbed in the neck as he tried to grab the knife.
Once Jerri got hold of the knife, he then stabbed Flores several times.
“The guy, in my opinion, went from a Good Samaritan to a vigilante,” Pamela Chimienti, Flores’ mother, told KSEE-TV. “Stabbing somebody that many times, it doesn’t take that many stab wounds to get somebody to succumb to you.”
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.”
The Fresno police chief reportedly called the lawsuit “ludicrous.”
Now in jail, Flores himself has not confirmed the lawsuit. All he said was, “I don’t like to judge people, but that’s a lot of stab wounds.”
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