FRESNO, CA - In July, Cregg Jerri, 55, stopped an armed robbery of Starbucks in Fresno, California.
This week, yourcentralvalley.com reported that the suspect’s family says a lawsuit is planned against Jerri.
Fresno Police said Ryan Flores, 30, used a gun and knife in the robbery. At last check, Flores was in jail on a $155,000 bond.
“The Flores family said their son plans on suing Jerri for excessive force,” yourcentralvalley.com reported. “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.”
Surveillance video of the robbery went viral.
The video showed a man wearing a Transformers mask who pulls out a gun, a knife, and a bag, and demands money from the barista. Police later identified the man as Flores.
In the video, Jerri was seen hitting Flores with a chair. That led to a violent fight.
Investigators said Jerri was stabbed in the neck, but managed to wrestle away the knife and stab Flores several times.
Chimienti said Jerri used excessive force.
“He has 17 total stab wounds, lacerations, and defensive wounds," Chimienti said.
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.”
Police Chief Jerry Dyer called Jerri a hero.
Dyer said, “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!”
Dyer said Jerri feared for his life, and he does not face criminal charges.
Legal analyst Charles Magill said Jerri shouldn't worry about litigation.
Magill said, “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.”
(Information from yourcentralvalley.com)
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