According to a Fresno Police Department report of the incident and the Miami Herald, suspect Ryan Michael Florez, 30, entered the Starbucks around 5 p.m. local time last Thursday.
Surveillance video shows the man, identified by police as Florez, approach the register carrying a yellow bag and wearing a mask resembling Optimus Prime, a “Transformers” character. He then appears to pull out a gun — which police say was a replica — as well as a knife, pointing both at the cashier.
Customer Cregg Jerri, 58, sat at a nearby table. The vigilante-to-be was described to the Herald as a “regular” who knows the baristas by name.
Jerri, seeing and hearing what was happening at the register, grabbed a chair. A security camera behind the register captured Jerri as he approached the suspect with his chair over his head and brings it down on the suspect’s head and body twice. The blunt impact knocks off his mask.