Video captures Starbucks customer, robber fighting across store

Posted at 11:02 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 23:02:28-04

FRESNO, CA (KFSN/CNN) - Police are investigating an attempted robbery and stabbing at a Fresno Starbucks. Newly-released surveillance footage shows the moment a customer takes on the armed robber.

It happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Investigators say the suspect, Ryan Flores, walked in with a knife and toy gun demanding money from a barista.

That's when Cregg Jerri saw what was happening, picked up a metal chair and hit Flores in the back. The two began fighting, and at one point Jerri was stabbed in the neck. Police say he is a hero.

"It's not something we recommend. In this case it was a good outcome. No one died as a result of this incident, but very well could have. But nonetheless he's a hero, there's no question,” Chief Jerry Dyer said.

During the fight, Jerri managed to wrestle the knife away and stabbed Flores several times before he ran away. Officers later found Flores near a canal where he admitted to the crime. Flores was taken to the hospital in critical condition. 

Jerri is expected to be OK, KFSN reported. 

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