A Good Samaritan stopped an armed robber from robbing a Starbucks barista, and now the alleged robber is repaying the good neighbor by slapping him with a lawsuit.
At first, this seems like a cut-and-dried case of a criminal filing a frivolous lawsuit over injuries he suffered while committing a crime. However, when you read about what happened between Ryan Flores and Cregg Jerri back in July, you may see that Flores, the alleged robber, just might have a case.
The basic facts of the case are not in dispute. As KTXL (Sacramento) reported, Jerri, 58, was minding his own business and enjoying a drink at a Fresno Starbucks. Ryan Flores, wearing a Transformers mask, allegedly approached the barista, showed a gun, and demanded money. Jerri sprang into action, grabbing a chair and striking Flores across the back.
The two men then began fighting. As you can see in the video below, what happens to the gun isn’t clear. But Flores, now unmasked, does manage to produce a knife. Flores stabbed Jerri in the neck; Jerri then got control of the knife and proceeded to stab Flores. According to Flores’ mother, Pamela Chimienti, Jerri landed over a dozen blows before all was said and done.
“He has 17 total stab wounds, lacerations, and defensive wounds.”
Chimienti, who doesn’t condone what her son did that day, but nevertheless calls him a “victim,” thinks that Jerri’s actions were excessive. She and Flores plan to sue for excessive use of force.
“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.”
Jerri has not been charged with any crimes in connection with the incident. Flores, meanwhile, is currently in jail facing charges of attempted robbery, where he’s held on $150,000 bail.
Legal analyst Charles Magill tells KSEE-TV (Fresno) that Jerri needn’t worry about having to cough up any money.
“Good luck finding an attorney that wants to represent a young robber who’s going to be convicted of robbery. That’s not going to sell very well to the jury.”
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer also has Jerri’s back.
“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!”
Flores would not be the first person to sue for being prevented from robbing a place. As USA Today reported in 2014, Nigel Sykes attempted to rob a Delaware pizza place. Employees tackled him and wrestled away his gun; he sued for $260,000. USA Today reported that judges generally throw out such cases without a moment’s thought.
Do you believe that Ryan Flores has a case against the Good Samaritan who stopped him from robbing a Starbucks? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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