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TV host goes ballistic on Mom of armed Starbucks robber whose son is suing the customer that stopped him

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Michael Ryan Flores thought a Fresno, California Starbucks would be an easy mark to score some quick cash to help with his ongoing Xanax and methadone addiction, but when he put on a Transformer mask and pulled out a fake gun on an unsuspecting barista on July 21, followed by a very real knife, he didn’t count on Good Samaritan Cregg Jerry slamming his back with a chair, WWE style.

A struggle ensued, one in which Flores had multiple opportunities to make a run for it but didn’t. Instead, he fought Jerry with his knife, stabbing the Good Samaritan before eventually losing his weapon and getting stabbed himself multiple times.

A hospital stay for the thug and his conqueror followed by an even longer prison stay for the would-be robber and words of praise from Fresno police for “courageous hero” Cregg Jerri, and all’s well that ends well, right?

Wrong, because now Flores plans to sue Jerri for using “excessive force” during the encounter, according to the Fresno Bee.

Because stopping a violent, knife-wielding criminal hellbent on stabbing you is apparently supposed to be a somewhat delicate process wherein said criminal’s hair doesn’t get too messed up.

In addition to preparing their acceptance statements for California’s ‘Parents of the Year’ award, Flores’ sperm and egg donors, Pamela Chimenti and Mark Flores, are preparing to argue that the man who stopped their loser of a son should be charged with an even more serious crime.

And Chimenti actually had the unmitigated gall to go on national television to make her ‘case,’ but Ashleigh Banfield, host of the HLN show Primetime Justice, was having absolutely none of it.

“I have a very tough time seeing someone menace a poor barista with a knife and a gun and then sort of turning and attacking the person who was protecting her,” Banfield began. “And you think the person protecting her was at fault here?”

“I’m not here to discuss what Ryan did … what you’re discussing is the beginning of the confrontation,” Chimenti said. “My son was brutally and violently attacked when he was unarmed and stabbed 17 times, and 16 while he was on the ground, on his back, and the perpetrator of that not willingly, at one point stopped, because you haven’t seen the entire video.”

“If I were you’re son’s mom I would be devastated too. But then you have to realize the Good Samaritan saw a man with a knife and a gun robbing a place and when he tried to stop it he himself was attacked, got a knife to the neck, which is a lethal injury, and he ended up in a struggle for a gun and a knife. By the way, the struggle for the gun on the floor was when your son was on his belly not giving up the gun. This Good Samaritan thought ‘well if I took a knife to the neck a few seconds ago I’m about to take a gun to the head. Can you not see where his mindset would be at?” the HLN host asked incredulously.

After Flores’ mother tried to challenge her facts, Banfield insisted she was “looking at the video,” one which she continuously played during the exchange.

“He never ran for those two exits, and I’m gonna show the video over and over so everybody can see there’s daylight to the left and there’s daylight to the right,” Banfield said. “He had two escape routes he could have left the minute that chair hit him in the back, but he didn’t. He did not, Mrs. Chimenti. He instead went after the man who tried to stop the robbery.”

“Are you seriously considering suing the Good Samaritan who stopped the robbery who stopped your, uh, son right there in the video from wielding a knife on anybody in the store?”

Chementi stated it wasn’t her “choice,” but rather her son who would file the lawsuit.

“Before you put people and report stuff, do your homework. Get the facts right,” said the Mom of the Year, and that’s when Banfield went OFF…

“I would say before you pick up a knife and a gun and put on a mask and menace society do your homework. You could get hurt. Doesn’t that make sense?  Doesn’t it make sense that your damn son could’ve really hurt somebody? Doesn’t it make sense that your son committed a crime? Doesn’t it make sense that someone else tried to stop a crime and got seriously hurt and nearly died? Are you blaming him? Are you kidding me? Are you seriously here saying you’re gonna sue that man?”

Chementi tried to respond with a lame “excessive force under any circumstances…” argument, but Banfield was having none of it.

“Saving your own life from a knife-wielding crazed man? You think that’s excessive force? I think the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree? Good luck, Mrs. Chimenti with your damn lawsuit. I hope you lose…”

“Wow, now I know where your son gets it! Some people!”

Watch the exchange below:

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Watch Banfield discuss the details of the case prior to Chimenti’s appearance:

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