UPDATE as of Oct. 28, 2013 – From an updated AJC story:
“A woman who identified herself as Shondra Carter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution during a phone call Sunday that she did not turn her son in to the police.
“In fact, I had not even seen the news before that time,” she said in a follow-up email.
“Dorian called me to let me know what was being said and wanted to turn himself in and that’s just what he did. I only called the GSU police to let them know he was coming and I drove him to the station.”
When reached for comment, Mullis said he had not spoken with Carter and had no other information to add to her account.
With the prevalence of surveillance cameras, it’s no surprise that parents and friends are seeing people they know on TV suspected of crimes. So the question is what would you do? Would you turn in your child or friend to the police?
On Thursday, a mother recognized her son in surveillance video of the recent Georgia State University robbery and took him in to GSU police around 6 a.m., according to Georgia State University police.
“All three suspects in the armed robbery of four Georgia State University students at a campus dorm are in custody, school officials said Thursday morning.
“GSU police Deputy Chief Carlton Mullis identified the suspects as Quinton Arnold, 18, Dantevious Devall Patrick, 18, and Dorian Demetrius Stroud, 19.
“Arnold is a current GSU student, and Stroud is a former GSU student last enrolled in the fall of 2012. Patrick has no affiliation with GSU, according to school spokeswoman Andrea Jones….
“Mullis said that one of the victims recognized Arnold, who lives in Piedmont North, another university housing complex. That victim texted Arnold and asked him to meet him outside on Piedmont Avenue. “He did, and we arrested him,” Mullis said.
“Police later released a photo of the suspects from security video. Patrick “saw himself on the video and called Atlanta police and turned himself in and APD turned him over to us,” according to Mullis.
“He said Stroud’s mother recognized her son from the video photo “and she brought him in to GSU police about 6 a.m.”
“All three were booked into the Fulton County Jail, charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, aggravated assault and burglary.”
This story made me think of a couple of other similar cases:
1. The Boston bombing suspect: University friends of the youngest Boston bombing suspect allegedly saw his photo on TV and thought that he looked similar to their friend but did NOT call the cops and instead texted with the young man.
“Phillipos tells Kadyrbayev to put the news on when he gets home, because one of the Marathon bombing suspects looks familiar.”
“Kadyrbayev later turns on the TV and notices one of the suspects resembles Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, according to an FBI affidavit. Kadyrbayev’s lawyer, Robert Stahl, later disputes that assertion — saying his client didn’t immediately recognize Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a possible bombing suspect and did not know that his friend allegedly was involved in the attack, saying “his first inkling came much later.”
“Kadyrbayev texts Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to tell him he looks like one of the bombing suspects. His friend’s response includes “LOL” — Internet slang meaning laughing or laugh out loud — and other things Kadyrbayev said he interprets as jokes like, “You better not text me” and “Come to my room and take whatever you want.”
2. Remember the Atlanta mother who pleaded guilty to helping cover up evidence that her daughter was the hit-and run driver in an accident on Easter Sunday 2009.
“Her mother, Sheila Michael, pleaded guilty on Oct. 15 to helping with the cover-up.
“Adams showed the least mercy to the mother: she sentenced Sheila Michael to the maximum eight years in prison for failing to turn her daughter in to police — more than even prosecutors had recommended.
“The judge said she had “scoured the recesses of my soul” to imagine a scenario where she would “abandon right” to protect her own son.
“I have not found one thing yet,” the judge said. She told Sheila Michael, who was an elementary school teacher with a master’s degree in business when the crash happened, that when she conspired in the “selfish” cover up, she “inflicted more pain on families that already had experienced the most pain imaginable.”
“What kind of mother, asked Adams, could have watched repeated news reports about the missing hit and run driver without coming forward. “When she needed you to be her mother, you failed her,” Adams said. She noted that Aimee Michael even sought to turn herself in, but her mother discouraged her.
“You discouraged her from doing so because you did not want to lose her,” Adams said.
3. Then there was the case of the Colorado mom who called 911 and told them her son admitted to killing the 10-year-old girl Jessica Ridgeway.
“GOLDEN, Colo. — Jessica Ridgeway’s suspected murderer got on the telephone and told police he killed the 10-year-old girl. The call to 911 was played during his preliminary hearing Friday.
“I murdered Jessica Ridgeway,” Sigg says during the phone call. “I have proof that I did it and I’ll answer all the questions that you want.”
“He then told police that he hid parts of her body in the crawl space of his mother’s house. The information came when his mother called 911 to turn her teenage son in to authorities.
“In a calm voice she said, “My son admitted to murdering Jessica Ridgeway and attacking the jogger at Ketner Reservoir,” Mindy Sigg told Westminster police. “He has human remains in the crawl space of my house.”
4 And finally there’s the recent case of parents in Connecticut calling the police on their daughters for throwing a party with underage drinkers.
“A Connecticut couple had their two teenage daughters arrested last weekend when they returned home from vacation to find a teenage drinking party underway, WFSB 3 Connecticut reports.
“The couple called police to their Glastonbury home Sunday, Oct. 13, and they arrested the girls, ages 15 and 16, for permitting a minor to possess alcohol.
“The busted party was the third in a series the girls’ hosted while their parents were away, each with 15 to 20 people in attendance, Connecticut Now reported.
“The names of the minors are not being released.
“Their parents weren’t due to return until Monday, so the girls “tried to get another one going” Sunday night, Agent James Kennedy of the Glastonbury Police told the Fox affiliate.
“When the couple returned home early Sunday night, some of the party guests attempted to flee, Kennedy said. The girls were inside the house when police arrived. Kennedy called the parents’ action “the right thing to do,” Connecticut Now reported.”
So what do you think: If you saw your child in a surveillance video on TV would you turn them in to police? Would you turn them in if you caught them doing something illegal? Would you turn them in if you found evidence of them doing something illegal?