Suspect in Starbucks robbery to sue Good Samaritan who stabbed him with his own knife

Failed armed-robber Ryan Flores is suing the hero who thwarted his crime.

Back in July we brought you the story of a Starbucks patron who beat the snot out of an armed robber, pummeling him with a chair before stabbing the perp with his own knife. Now the family of the fine, upstanding citizen is announcing plans to sue 58 year old Good Samaritan Cregg Jerri, for using excessive force in stopping the armed robbery.

From YouCentralValley:

Flores remains in jail, and faces a felony attempted robbery charge. His mother, Pamela Chimienti, said the family does not condone what he allegedly did, but she said Flores should not have been attacked back the way he was.

The surveillance video went viral. In the video, you can see Jerry enjoying his drink at Starbucks. Suddenly, a man wearing a Transformers mask pulls out a gun, a knife, and a bag, and demands money from the barista. Investigators have identify the suspect as Flores. In the video, Jerri is seen hitting Flores with a chair, and a violent fight ensues. Investigators said Jerri was stabbed in the neck during the struggle, but managed to wrestle away the knife and stab Flores several times.

Chief Jerry Dyer calls Jerri a hero. But Chimienti said her son is a victim too.

“He has 17 total stab wounds, lacerations, and defensive wounds,” stated Chimienti.

Chimienti said Jerri used excessive force when trying to stop her son from allegedly robbing the Starbucks.

She said, “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.”

I am sure he was a good boy. Other than the whole armed robbery thing. Allegedly.


  1. Hannibal says:

    Did anyone not see this coming? I guess the guy who thought it was a good idea to risk his life for a few bucks in the cash register of a multi-national corporation didn’t. This is why cops have qualified immunity.

    You know how they say that you should assume there’s a lawyer attached to every bullet you fire? Well, that also applies to stabbing someone. It’s a BS lawsuit but it’s still gonna make his life hell. For what? The dude who tried to rob the place will probably end up sacrificing less in the long run because he won’t have to pay for a lawyer and will probably not get much time (his public defender will point to the wounds he suffered as punishment).

    Don’t get yourself in this kind of situation unless it’s life or death. And yeah, I’m sure he’ll talk about how he thought the guy was going to kill the cashier or something. But you know what? Bullshit. He was gonna take the money and run, like 95% of robberies like this. And maybe you watch out for that 5%. And maybe you craft a winning defense on that 5%. But don’t be surprised when you have to spend years of your life and thousands of dollars for the pleasure.

    1. stuartb says:

      That’s a little harsh!

      1. Brad Griffin says:

        Nope. That’s truth. It sucks, but it’s the truth.

      2. Hannibal says:

        Yes, harsh. Call it tough love. I have no sympathy for the robber and I have plenty of sympathy for the guy who tried to stop him. But, while brave, it was also foolish and this result was predictable. Everyone should think about this before they act and put themselves in a similar predicament. It’s a cost-benefit analysis that someone should think about BEFORE they are faced with the decision.

        For decades criminals have been emboldened by politicians and the courts (Tennessee v. Garner was a mistake) and I don’t know how it will be turned around.

  2. CMT says:

    Curious how those folks that say “a good guy with a gun will take down a bad guy with a gun, so don’t take away their guns” will look at this situation.

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