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Dramatic moment hero Starbucks customer, 58, beats armed robber half his age with a chair and hospitalizes the crook

Hero Cregg Jerri, 58, is seen with his daughters in this family photo. Jerri thwarted an attempted armed robbery at a Freson, California Starbucks 

A wild fight between a Fresno Starbucks customer and a knife-wielding robber was caught on surveillance video, showing how a 58-year-old man who police Chief Jerry Dyer called a “courageous hero” put his own life at risk to thwart the crime.
Both hero Cregg Jerri, 58, and suspect Ryan Michael Florez, 30, were stabbed during the fight Thursday that lasted for about a minute. Florez got away and later tried to tell police he was himself a victim of a robbery.
Friday, Dyer said police got their man – Florez. Dyer showed the video at a news conference and said that Florez will be charged with attempted armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon when he is booked into Fresno County Jail.
For now, Florez is in the hospital. He will be there for a few days recovering from stab wounds he received with his own knife during the fight with Jerri.
Jerri needed a few staples to close a stab wound he received during the fight.
The confrontation happened just before 5 p.m. Thursday. Florez entered the Starbucks at Herndon Avenue and Golden State Boulevard in northwest Fresno carrying a yellow bag, armed with a big knife and a replica handgun while wearing a blue “Transformers” mask. He went to the counter and demanded money, Dyer said.
Jerri, 58, was seated at a table using a tablet. Soon after Florez made his demands, Jerri grabbed a chair and slammed it on Florez’s back twice.
A fight ensued and eventually Florez stabbed Jerri in the neck. Jerri got hold of Florez’s knife and stabbed Florez in the face and torso.
Florez was able to get away and drove a truck to Dakota and Fruit avenues, where he abandoned it and ran toward a canal. Passersby noticed him bloodied and called police for help. Florez told officers he had fallen victim to a robbery.
By the time Florez was taken to the hospital, police had already determined Florez was the suspect in the attempted Starbucks robbery. Friday, Dyer said Florez has no adult criminal history. The only time police have confronted him was when Florez was a juvenile, Dyer said.
Dyer said Jerri is a frequent customer at the Starbucks and knows the baristas. Thursday, he had dropped by after work.
“He was a pleasure to talk to,” Dyer said. “It’s good to talk to heroes.”


  1. Starbucks uses GMO Corn Syrup in their drinks when MOST other franchises use pure cane sugar.......which is "real" sugar not cancer causing GMO like US Corn.
    Starbucks uses non-organic milk from factory farms
    Starbucks peddles mostly non-organic, GMO (junk) foods and drinks
    Starbucks is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (which spends millions a year trying to block product labeling)
    Starbucks fails the Fair Trade test
    Starbucks is negotiating “free trade” in secret
    And speaking of Starbucks with its eco friendly, etc., coffee, I was speaking to an Ethiopian the other day and he told me that Starbucks, while touting that they are providing economic opportunity to workers, etc. (you've heard it all before...), what they are really trying to do is to take over the coffee production and pay the workers a pittance...and they do now! Then they go around talking about how great they are. Since that conversation, I buy Ethiopian coffee on line, and NOT from the white distributors in America, DIRECTLY from Ethiopians!!!
    Starbucks, another wolf in sheep's clothing!
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz can’t seem to find the love — in anyplace but the Starbucks board of directors. That board last January moved to make Schultz the highest-paid CEO in the Pacific Northwest for the fourth straight year. But Schultz remains deeply despised in Seattle for selling away the city’s pro hoops team after taxpayers refused to build him a new arena. And in San Jose activists are now blasting Starbucks for seeking an exemption from having to pay the city’s $15.78 hourly living wage. Schultz, NerdWallet calculated last month, makes $9,637 an hour, 1,096 times the Starbucks average hourly rate. Looking for a Schultz take on all this? You'll find one in his 2011 memoir: “I love Starbucks because everything we've tried to do is steeped in humanity.”

  2. Maybe the guy with the knife was just pissed that they put drugs in his coffee. They do that all the time.

  3. Starbucks is robbing it's customers every day ..... for far more than that idiot could ever hope to get.

  4. $15 an hour is where government oversteps its bounds. It is the employer's business, not the State's. Only the employer should decide the rate of pay. If it is unacceptable to the employees, they can seek better paying jobs but that requires education. You should have to be smart, and not an intellectual burden on society,, and have a strong work ethic to succeed. You determine your rate of pay when you are good enough to earn it.

  5. I do not use Starbucks. I make coffee here. Money is too precious to piss away on coffee. He clocked him good with the chair. Musta sent that dude for a loop.
    nice shot.