JAVA BEATDOWN: Fresno Man Puts Armed Starbucks Robber in the Hospital
Last Thusday, 30-year-old Fresno resident Ryan Florez thought it'd be a good idea to rob his local Starbucks coffee house. He thought wrong.
Wearing a ridiculous Optimus Prime mask (because a Decepticon disguise would've been too obvious), Florez pointed a black handgun and combat knife at the Starbucks cashier, thrusting a bag towards her to fill with cash.
That's when 58-year-old Cregg Jerri sprung into action:
Jerri, who had been calmly tapping away at his iPad (and clearly in a state of Condition Yellow), seized a nearby chair and smacked Florez over the head with it.
Florez turns around, his mask knocked askew, and begins fighting with Jerri, stabbing him in the neck as they both tumble to the ground.
Despite being injured, Jerri managed to wrestle the knife away from Florez and stab him several times.
Florez eventually broke free and fled the scene. He was arrested by Fresno police a short time later. The black handgun turned out to be fake.
Of note in the video is the Starbucks employee seen wiping down tables as Jerri initially prepared his attack. This is what Condition White looks like— relaxed, unaware, vulnerable. It's pure dumb luck she wasn't injured, even as she continued working as the fight ensued. Had Florez been using a real gun, she may very well have caught a stray round. Even then, Florez could've taken her hostage if he so desired.
Jerri was hospitalized and survived his injuries. He was praised as a "heroic citizen" by Fresno Chief of Police Jerry Dyer. Florez was treated for his wounds and will be charged with attempted armed robbery as well as assault with a deadly weapon.
Despite the happy ending, one can't help but cringe at how close to death Cregg Jerri came that day. In a leftist-controlled state like California, gun rights are severely compromised— no doubt a concealed-carry weapon would've allowed Jerri to intervene more safely.
Stay alert. Stay alive.