Cregg Jerri, 58, took matters into his own hands when a Starbucks in Fresno, CA, was being robbed with a knife.
Suspect Ryan Michael Florez, 30, and Jerri were both stabbed in the struggle for the suspect’s knife during the stickup.
According to the Fresno Bee, police had to pursue Florez because he fled the scene. When authorities caught up to him, he tried to claim he was the victim in the scenario, but thanks to surveillance video he was identified as the robber.
He had a large knife and replica handgun during the attack, according to police.
The video shows the suspect wearing a blue mask from the Transformers franchise approaching the Starbucks counter wielding a realistic -looking handgun.
He holds out a bag to the young woman working the register and then pulls out a large knife, waving it menacingly at her.
In the background, another Starbucks worker is cleaning table tops and smiles as Jerri picks up a chair and charges at the suspect.
Jerri, a 58-year-old sales director for Frito-Lay, is a regular at the Starbucks and knows the baristas.
The hero customer beats the suspect over the head with the chair and then the two wrestle over the knife.
During the scuffle Jerri was stabbed in the neck by Florez, but he gained control of the blade and stabbed Florez several times.
Jerri’s injury required several staples, police said.
According to the report, Florez got into a truck and drove off, later ditching the vehicle, only to be found bleeding on the side of the road.
He claimed to be the victim but was quickly tied to the Starbucks incident.
Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said that Florez has no criminal record as an adult.
The suspect remains hospitalized and has yet to be booked, but will be charged with attempted armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Kudos to this citizen for taking matters into his own hands and saving the day!
Who knows what could have happened if he didn’t do something.
Remember, if something bad goes down, always have a plan.