A heroic customer at a local Starbucks became a hero when he thwarted an armed robbery.
A robber wearing a Transformers mask approached the register station at a Starbucks in Fresno, CA, pulled a gun, and held open a plastic bag motioning for the clerk to put the money inside. That’s when Cregg Jeri sprang into action.
“There’s probably not very many people in America who would do what Cregg Jerri did last night,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Friday, according to KSEE-TV. “It was incredibly heroic and the way most people would think that they would respond but may not have the courage to respond.”
Police said the man in the Transformer mask was 30-year-old Ryan Flores.
The video begins with Flores announcing a robbery. He shows the gun to a barista and then the knife.
Next, Jerri is seen sneaking up from behind and bashing Flores over the head with a chair.
The video then shows Jerri fighting Flores and eventually wrestling him to the ground.
As they struggled, Jerri realized the gun in Flores’ hand wasn’t real when the weapon struck the floor, KMJ-Radio reported.
Police said Jerri was stabbed in the neck as he tried to grab the knife from Flores.
They said when Jerri took the knife away, he stabbed Flores several times.
Both were treated at a hospital.
“It’s not something we recommend,” Dyer said of Jerri’s actions, according to KFSN-TV. “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.”
While Chief Dyer is right — don’t try this at home, folks — Mr. Jerri had some unique advantages in the encounter. He had the element of surprise. He approached from behind with an adequate weapon, although Jerri shied away from hitting him on the head which may, indeed, have incapacitated him. And Mr. Jerri knew how to handle himself in close quarters.
I’m sure I would have frozen solid if in a similar situation. But some people are born to act in these situations and Mr. Jerri appears to be one of them.