VIDEO: Starbucks customer takes on armed robber

FRESNO, CA (WFLA) — Police in California are investigating an attempted robbery and stabbing that happened earlier this week inside a Starbucks.

Surveillance video captured the moment the suspect walked in, and the moment a customer took him on to stop the robbery.

Around 5:30 Wednesday, investigators say Ryan Flores walked into the Starbucks with a knife and a toy gun, and demanded money from an employee.

When customer Cragg Jerri saw what was happening, he picked up a metal chair, came up behind Flores and hit him in the back.

Video then captures the two fighting.

Police say Jerri was stabbed in the neck during the struggle. He is expected to be okay, and is now being called a hero.

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

Jerri also managed to wrestle the knife away, then stabbed Flores several times before the suspect ran away.

Flores admitted to his crime when police found him later near a canal. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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