A suspect in an armed robbery case is reportedly planning to sue the man who stepped in and prevented him from carrying out the robbery.
In July, KFSN reported that investigators said the suspect, Ryan Flores, had attempted to rob a Starbucks in Fresno, California. 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.
Flores approaches the barista and appears to be demanding money from her, pulling out a knife and what was later determined to be a toy gun. Jerri is then seen coming up behind Flores and hitting him in the back with a metal chair. The two then struggle and fall to the ground.
Jerri was stabbed in the neck but managed to wrestle the knife away from Flores and stab him several times. Flores then ran away but was later apprehended by police. He admitted to the crime before being treated for his injuries and taken into custody.
"It's not something we recommend," said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer of Jerri's actions during the incident. "In this case it was a good outcome -- no one died as a result of this incident, but very well could have. But nonetheless, he's a hero -- there's no question."
Flores is still in jail and is facing a felony attempted robbery charge, according to KSEE. He is being held on $155,000 bail and is expected to appear in court in October.
According to his mother, Pamela Chimienti, what Flores allegedly did was wrong, but he should not have been attacked in the manner that he was.
"He has 17 total stab wounds, lacerations, and defensive wounds," Chimienti commented. "The guy, in my opinion, went from a Good Samaritan to a vigilante. Stabbing somebody that many times, it doesn't take that many stab wounds to get somebody to succumb to you."
Chimienti said that Flores is now planning to sue Jerri for alleged excessive force.
Dyer did not seem to think that the suit would be successful.
"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!" he said.
Charles Magill, a legal analyst, agreed that Jerri does not have anything to worry about.
"Good luck finding an attorney that wants to represent a young robber who's going to be convicted of robbery," Magill said. "That's not going to sell very well to the jury."