When Charles Floyd spotted his 18-year-old grandson in police CCTV footage, he knew there was only one solution: To dob in his own grandchild.
Jonathan Ratcliff had robbed a spate of convenience stores with his friends. Police said the group had a “mob-type mentality” with the “sole intent of causing mayhem”. Together, they stole thousands of dollars in cash and stock.
After spotting his grandson in the CCTV footage, Charles drove Jonathan to the local Metropolitan Police Department. He then forced his grandson to make an official statement.
Charles said his tough decision was made with Jonathan’s “longevity in mind”. The disappointed grandfather believed that Jonathan had been given every chance.
“It’s just hurtful”, Charles said about Jonathan’s crime spree. “We had talked to him about, you know, getting his life right”.
“After the warnings (my wife and I) gave him and everything, can’t say I would even appear in court”, Charles said. “There’s no appeal I could make to the court for (Jonathan)”.
“He could have made it right the first time and let it alone, but that’s not what he chose to do. So this is what I chose to do, this is what (my wife and I) chose to do”, Charles added.
The grandfather’s decisions have been applauded by many, with people saying that Jonathan will now get the discipline and tough love he obviously needs.
“Kudos to the grandparents”, wrote one person online. “Hopefully this will be the learning experience (Jonathan) needs to turn his life around”.