Suspect in Starbucks robbery may sue man who stopped him

Suspect in Starbucks robbery may sue man who stopped him

A California man in jail for a failed robbery attempt at Starbucks is considering suing the good Samaritan who stepped in and stopped him, saying the customer used excessive force.

In surveillance video from the store, Flores is seen entering the Starbucks wearing a "Transformers" Optimus Prime mask and brandishing a gun.

Last July, Cregg Jerri was enjoying a cup-a-Joe at his local Starbucks in Fresno, when suddenly, a masked man pulls out a gun and a knife and demands cash from the barista. That is when Cregg Jerri saw what was happening and hit Flores in the back with a metal chair. Investigators said Jerri was stabbed in the neck during the struggle, but managed to wrestle away the knife and stab Flores several times. "The guy in my opinion went from a good Samaritan to a vigilante, stabbing somebody that many times". He says Jerri was obviously fearing for his life and will not face any criminal charges. Jerri, at one point, approached the suspect from behind and struck him over the head with a chair.

Ryan Flores, 30, is facing charges for second-degree robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, stemming from a robbery of a Fresno Starbucks.

She told the Fresno Bee her son nearly died from stab wounds incurred in the struggle.

He held out a bag to the young woman working the register before pulling out a large knife, waving it menacingly at her.

Ryan Flores, now in Fresno County Jail, did not directly confirm or deny the lawsuit, and instead told the newspaper that he's taking things "one step at a time".

Defense attorney Charles Magill told WSVN that he believes Flores will have a tough time finding representation, should he pursue the case against Jerri. Police said Jerri was stabbed in the neck as he tried to grab the knife. "That is ludicrous!" he said.