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WATCH: Starbucks customer stops knife-wielding robbery suspect in WWE-esque chair attack

Customer wrestled knife away and stabbed robber

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FRESNO, California – Police are investigating a robbery and stabbing at a Starbucks in Fresno, California.

Newly released surveillance footage shows the moment a customer took on the armed robber.

The confrontation happened just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when the suspect, identified as Ryan Flores, walked in with a knife and toy gun and demanded money.

 

Cragg Jerri saw what was happening and picked up a metal chair, hitting Flores in the back.

The two fought and Jerri was stabbed in the neck during the fight. Police say Jerri is expected to be okay and that he is a hero.

"It's not something we recommend," Chief Jerry Dyer said of trying to stop robbers. "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."

During the fight, Jerri managed to wrestle the knife away and stabbed the suspect several times before he ran away.

Officers found Flores near a canal where he admitted to the crime. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

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