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Suspect in Starbucks armed robbery plans to sue Good Samaritan

Would-be Starbucks robbery thwarted, police say. (Fresno Police Department)

FRESNO, Calif. (WSYX/WTTE) – A bystander who stopped a knife-wielding man during an attempted robbery could be in legal trouble.

According to KSEE, 30-year-old Ryan Flores, who's been charged with attempted robbery for the July holdup of a Starbucks, plans on suing 58-year-old Cregg Jerri, the customer who stopped him, according to surveillance video.

Police said Flores, disguised in a Transformers mask, used a fake gun, then a knife, demanding money from the barista before Jerri hit him with a chair and fought the suspect. Investigators said Jerri was stabbed in the neck during the struggle, but managed to wrestle away the knife and stab Flores several times.

The police chief called Jerri a hero. The suspect's mother, who doesn't condone what Flores allegedly did, says her son is a victim of excessive force.

“He has 17 total stab wounds, lacerations and defensive wounds,” she told KSEE.

"To say that Cregg Jerri is going to be sued for intervening in an armed robbery and being stabbed in the neck, that is ludicrous," said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

Jerri does not face any criminal charges.

Flores is being held on a $155,000 bail and is expected back in court next month.

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