Memphis mother Adrian Perry made a tough decision when she turned her son over to authorities after he committed robbery.
On Tuesday, Perry was watching the news and saw surveillance footage of three people being robbed – two of whom were visiting from Florida. She recognized her son, 20-year-od Derriontay Perry, as the suspect.
Police: Memphis mom turns son into police for armed robbery, shooting at couple https://t.co/9t7E1NKql6 https://t.co/5Pcth3ycyU— FOX13 Memphis (@FOX13 Memphis)1524739610.0
For Adrian, contacting the police was not up for debate. She knew it had to be done.
I love him. That's what you call tough love. Something a lot of more parents needs to start doing.
The police apprehended her son without incident and Adrian told the local news that jail is a safe place for him. Derriontay is being held for a $100,000 bond and is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated robbery.
Mom turns son in for robbery, assault after seeing him on the news>>>https://t.co/3bf27M9z8h He was wanted for shoo… https://t.co/T5QwbAEmhM— WXTX Fox54 (@WXTX Fox54)1524774783.0
On Saturday, April 22, Derriontay approached the home on the 5000 block of Berta Road and asked the resident for a ride. When the homeowner didn't cooperate, Derriontay brandished a gun and proceeded to intimidate the victim by pointing the firearm at him. A woman from the house immediately retrieved her gun and fired warning shots in the air.
According to Fox 13, the suspect fled the scene while firing two shots at the couple. No one was hurt in the incident that quickly spiraled out of control.
Adrian was appalled but was thankful her son wasn't shot.
Two shots? See that's what I'm saying. I do not even know where he got a gun.
Adrian issued an apology for the victims, none of whom sustained any injuries.
I am sorry that your visit to Memphis, Tennessee, had to be like that because of MY disobedient, disrespectful child.
LISTEN TO THIS: This Memphis mother not only turned in her teenage son, she apologized to the tourists he tried to… https://t.co/bXYSTwWnIT— Zach Crenshaw (@Zach Crenshaw)1524785564.0
People responded well to her decision and commented on her admirable parenting.
@ZachCFOX13 Go, mama!— Nina Harrelson 🎥 (@Nina Harrelson 🎥)1524787762.0
@SevenStarNews @starlady24 We need more parents like her. It's not easy to do the right thing when it's your child… https://t.co/258tj6EUQQ— Cheryl Boone (@Cheryl Boone)1525099643.0
@SevenStarNews @Monika71816083 Bravo. Reminds me of what the mother in Baltimore did when she saw her son on with t… https://t.co/29mE8OevMp— naturelover⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@naturelover⭐️⭐️⭐️)1525099106.0
@SevenStarNews I love what she did thats what real love does a True Mother indeed.— Shepa-boy/Ct-Psalmist🇵🇷🇺🇸🎤🎧🎵💻💿 (@Shepa-boy/Ct-Psalmist🇵🇷🇺🇸🎤🎧🎵💻💿)1525088842.0
@SevenStarNews Now that’s love!!🇺🇸🙏🏼🇺🇸— ❌Linda❌ (@❌Linda❌)1525107851.0
@ZachCFOX13 @FOX13Memphis Wish others were as honorable. Good for you. Your love for your son is the reason you did it.— Sharon Richardson (@Sharon Richardson)1524785713.0
@ZachCFOX13 There are still good parents out there.— Zach Martin (@Zach Martin)1524798632.0
Any troublemakers out there would do well to be on their best behavior outside of the home. Because you never know when mama is watching.