Good Samaritan Who Thwarted Starbucks Robbery Faces Possible Lawsuit From Suspect

Good Samaritan Who Thwarted Starbucks Robbery Faces Possible Lawsuit From Suspect

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2017

A California man who subdued a robbery suspect in a viral video could face a lawsuit for allegedly using "excessive force". Video from the Starbucks allegedly shows the suspect, Ryan Flores, wearing a Transformers mask and displaying a gun - later identified as fake - in an attempt to rob the Fresno coffee shop.

Jerri was having none of it and attempted to stop the robbery by hitting Flores with a chair from behind. A struggle ensues and the two men fall to the ground. He admitted to the crime before being treated for his injuries and taken into custody. Now the Flores family says their son plans on suing Jerri for excessive force, according to YourCentralValley.

Police said Jerri feared for his life after being stabbed in the neck and was well within his rights to defend himself.

Flores is in jail awaiting trial and was able to recover from the wounds. The mother of the suspected armed robber says the man who stepped in to stop her son went too far, almost killing him.

'He has 17 total stab wounds, lacerations, and defensive wounds, ' Chimienti told KSEE-TV.

"The guy, in my opinion, went from a Good Samaritan to a vigilante", Chimienti said.

"Once you have somebody down, you can't keep stabbing them", she said. It's hard to see exactly what happens as the two men tangle, but investigators said Flores stabbed Jerri in the neck.

Police said Flores got into a truck and drove away from the scene, but ditched the vehicle and was later found bleeding on the side of the road.

Charles Magill, a legal analyst, expressed similar sentiments, saying 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". "That's not going to sell well to a jury".

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