Mom Sees Her Son Commit Armed Robbery On News, Responds With 'Tough Love'

A Memphis mother saw her son in a video of an attempted armed robbery on the news.

Memphis, TN – A Memphis mother called the police on Tuesday as soon as she recognized her son in a video of an attempted armed robbery on the news.

Adrian Perry said she didn’t have any other choice but to turn in her son, Derriontay Perry, after she saw him with a gun on surveillance video that was released by police on April 24, WHBQ-TV reported.

“I love him. This is what you call tough love - something a lot of parents need to start doing,” Adrian Perry said, according to WHBQ.

On April 22, a man approached a residence in the Whitehaven area and asked a person for a ride, police said.

When the victim refused, the man pointed a handgun at the victim and asked for the keys, according to WMC-TV.

The victim’s wife saw what was happening and got a handgun. She fired a warning shot in the air and the suspect ran.

The suspect fired two shots at the woman as he fled, and she returned fire, WHBQ reported.

“And you out here armed and dangerous? No, I don’t condone that,” Adrian Perry told WHBQ.

“I want to thank you young lady for not coming out of that door and shooting my baby on site,” Adrian Perry said, according to WHBQ.

The mother apologized to the victims, two of whom were in town visiting from Florida, on behalf of her son.

“I am so sorry, I don’t know how to say it enough. I am sorry that your visit to Memphis had to be like that because of my disobedient, disrespectful child,” Adrian Perry said, according to WHBQ.

Derriontay Perry, 20, was arrested April 25 without incident.

He was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated robbery and held on a $100,000 bond.

His mother told reporters that jail was the safest place for her son to be.

Don't see that often, and she's right, more parents need to make tough love real.


Mom you have my utmost respect. Sending you hugs, love and hope. God be with you.


Sure would like to see more parents like this one. Well done, mom.


Tough love is perfect love!


Read a previous article of a father doing the same things. Take heed parents...this is what it’s about, tough love!


Thank you, Adrian Perry. You have likely saved your son's life and possibly the lives of others. I hope he has the opportunity to make better choices in the future and impact his community in a brave and selfless way as you have.


Ma'am, you did the right thing and as a mother myself I can appreciate how difficult it was for you to do this. But teaching our children that they are responsible for their actions is one of the most important lessons a parent can give. I only pray that some day as your son gets older he will also get wiser and will realize what a difficult and selfless act of love his mother made. In the meantime, know that millions of parents support your decision and would do the same thing. God bless you.


Adrian Perry, you did the right thing for your son and I know it had to be the hardest thing you ever did but you probably saved his life! If more moms were like her these kids would realize, in time, they’re parents love them!


Not only did she do the right thing, she also went above and beyond by offering an apology to her son’s victims.

Stand-up job, Mom!


Derriontay.......hahahahaha. Your creation of names is horrendous, but you did the right thing. Good job mom.


Good for her, I hope it works out for both of them


Very well done Mother.I wish there were more like you


Glad to see more parents are deciding to use this form of tough love.


MLK said, "The time is always right to do what is right." You would turn in the kid next door or the stranger down the street because it's the right thing to do. It's much harder to turn in your own child, but it's also the right thing to do. Sometimes the right thing is the hardest thing that you ever have to do in your life, but that may be the wake up call he needs to get his life back on the right track.

Well done Mom........... Hopefully it's his first and last time


When I caught my son playing with matches and lighters and setting fires when he was young I dragged his ass to the fire department. They showed him videos of people dying in fires, on fire . And showed him how long it took for them to gear up. He NEVER did it again after the talks from the firemen .