A man turned himself in after his mother saw him committing a crime in broad daylight on the news.
Jonathan Rios swiped an UPPAbaby Vista stroller off a Brooklyn stoop at the corner of Willoughby and Carlton on Thursday. The stroller is worth an estimated $1,030, and contained a blanket and infant warmer of unspecified value, but likely of high sentimental value. Footage of Rios that appears to come from inside the window of the apartment shows him grabbing the stroller and walking off at about 12:30pm.
The video was released to the local news, and Jonathan Rios’s mother, Arlene Rios, saw her son on the TV. She told the New York Daily News, “All I can say is I saw my son in the news and I definitely took him in because that's not how I raised him and that's not who he is. I don't want my son getting caught up in none of that.”
She continued, "This is ridiculous. Especially when I'm in my living room and I'm like 'nooo'! I almost hit the ceiling. He's 23 years old and he never got in trouble. It was out of character."
Arlene Rios forced her son to turn himself in, and he was charged with petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. He has been released on his own recognizance. Though she made her son own up to his crime, Mrs. Rios still looking out for him. When reporters approached their Midwood home on Tuesday, Arlene Rios told them, “It's in his best interest not to really comment,” allowing her son to stay inside while she explained exactly what happened.
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