Back in July, a man in an Optimus Prime mask (!) tried to rob a Starbucks in Fresno with a knif, but was stopped by a customer who hit him with a chair. Now the robbery suspect’s parents says he is planning to sue the customer for using excessive force.
Ryan Flores, 30, was stabbed repeatedly with his own knife in a fight with customer Cregg Jerri, 58, after police say Flores threatened the barista with a knife and a fake gun. Flores’s mother, Pamela Chimienti, thinks Jerri went to far.
“Stabbing somebody that many times, it doesn’t take that many stab wounds to get somebody to succumb to you,” she told KSEE television. She says her son had lacerations and 17 stab wounds in the incident, which was captured on surveillance video:
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer called Jerri, who needed six stitches, a “courageous hero” during a news conference after the incident.
Flores was charged with second-degree robbery and assault with a deadly weapon and has been in jail since the incident.
“I’m taking it one step at a time,” he told the Fresno Bee. “I don’t like to judge people, but that’s a lot of stab wounds.”