Who will win in this "ludicrous" case?
There’s no denying that Ryan Michael Flores donned a Transformers mask and attempted to rob a Starbucks in Fresno, California back in July. He’s shown on the security camera wielding a knife in one hand and a realistic-looking toy gun in his other hand. The young barista behind the counter feared for her life, as she was trying to comply with his demands, but someone in the building wasn’t about to let the crime go any further.
Stopping a Crime
Cregg Jerri went from a customer to a “hero” when he quietly picked up a chair and bashed Ryan on the back with it. Ryan turned around and fought back, stabbing Cregg with the knife several times.
Eventually, Cregg was able to get the knife from Ryan and stab him back, but Ryan was still able to drive away from the scene. At some point, he got out of the vehicle, getting help from good Samaritans who found him bleeding on the side of the road.
Cregg was also severely injured in the attack, but both men are expected to survive.
Ryan was identified as the robber, and he was taken to jail after his stay in the hospital. He’s now facing a felony attempted robber charge.
Suing From Jail
His felony is the least of his worries though. Ryan says that he wants justice for what Cregg did to him. In fact, Ryan is suing the good Samaritan who saved victims from his blade.
“He has 17 total stab wounds, lacerations, and defensive wounds. The guy, in my opinion, went from a Good Samaritan to a vigilante,” Ryan’s mother Pamela Chimienti said. “Stabbing somebody that many times, it doesn’t take that many stab wounds to get somebody to succumb to you.”
Pamela Chimienti failed to address the six staples Cregg needed in his neck after Ryan stabbed him.
The police have caught wind of Ryan’s new money scheme and have deemed it “ludicrous.” They don’t think that any judge will rule in his favor. Ryan isn’t the first crook to sue the people they were victimizing, however.
So Many Lawsuits
Several convicted criminals have taken their victims to court, saying that excessive force was used against them to get them to stop their crime. While most of the claims are quickly dismissed by judges, some cases have netted the criminals more money than they were trying to steal.
Mark Gilbert took a check from his workplace and made it out to himself, embezzling the money. The businesses owner Simon Cremer forced Mark to wear a cardboard sign on his body, reading “THIEF I Stole 845 Pounds, Am On My Way To Police Station,” as they marched to the authorities. Simon, of course, fired Mark, but he and the police didn’t pursue the matter much further.
Afterwards though, Mark eventually took out a lawsuit against his former boss for lost wages, trauma, mental damage, and for making him afraid of cardboard. The judge agreed that Mark was a victim, and Simon was forced to pay him 13,000 pounds.
Simon said about his double financial loss, “I think it’s absolutely disgusting that he was even able to sue me… he stole from me, yet he is the one walking away with the money.”
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