Just how jacked-up is the American judicial system? Consider this example before you answer. Earlier this summer a man committed an armed robbery that was stopped when a good Samaritan stepped in and attacked the robber with a chair. Now the man who committed the robbery is considering suing the good Samaritan who, he claims, used excessive force when he broke up the robbery.
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Keep in mind that robber, Ryan Flores, age 30, had a gun. Actually, it was a toy gun, but no one knew that at the time. The robber also had a knife. Cregg Jerri, 58, was sitting in the Starbucks coffee shop, minding his own business when the robbery occurred. He did not have a gun, or a knife, but he did have a chair.
Jerri stepped up, clobbered Flores with the chair, and then got into an epic fight with the robber as he tried to disarm him. As he wrestled with the robber, Jerri–the good Samaritan–was stabbed in the neck.
He then took the knife away from the robber and used it to defend himself. He stabbed the man multiple times as they continued to fight.
When the video of the encounter went viral back in July, millions of people celebrated the efforts of the man who stepped up to stop the robbery.
Now, though, the poor robber’s mother is speaking out. She feels like maybe her precious little boy, aged 30, who robbed a store and stabbed a man in the neck may have been the victim here.
“The guy, in my opinion, went from a Good Samaritan to a vigilante,” Pamela Chimienti, Flores’ mother, told KSEE-TV. “Stabbing somebody that many times, it doesn’t take that many stab wounds to get somebody to succumb to you.” That’s her son, above.
Mark Flores, the man’s father, told the Fresno Bee: “I understand he (his son) robbed the store but (Jerri) stabbed my son 17 times.”
Flores is currently in jail. Jerri (above center) is still being hailed as a hero.