WEST POINT, Georgia — Police pulled over a Georgia mother on her way to volunteer at a summer feeding program for children on Wednesday, June 8th — but it turned out to be part of an elaborate surprise!
Fresh off the plane from Iraq and with balloons and roses in hand, Army Staff Sgt. Salomon Robinson loaded up for an early morning stakeout.
This, as West Point Police Chief Tony Bailey waited for Robinson’s mother to leave her apartment, and then gave the cue to other officers standing by.
The traffic stop was caught on camera:
Officer: Good morning ma’am.
Hutchinson: Good morning sir.
Officer: You guys are just leaving, right?
Hutchinson: Yes sir.
Officer: I’ve got Valley behind us, the PD. Your car wasn’t involved in a hit-and-run was it?
That’s when Officer Cameron Mitchell walked back to his car and handed Robinson his mother’s ID.
“I said ‘ma’am come out. Let me show you the damage that we’re talking about.’ I found a little scratch on her car and I said, ‘you see that right there — they reported that there was a little bit of damage.’ She said, ‘well that’s been on there for awhile.’ OK well — my partner’s going to bring your license back in just a second.”
And then — an unbelievable surprise!
Robinson had two weeks until he must return to Iraq for another year. That is, if he makes it back!
“I’m going to kill him. He got me good! I’m glad to see him though!” Robinson’s mother said.
“This young man coming home, after serving three deployments protecting us and our freedoms, I don’t think there was a single request this young man had that we shouldn’t make happen,” Bailey said.
“It was a great experiment to see her reaction, and happiness, and joy, and tears,” Robinson said.
Robinson said although he has to go back to Iraq in a couple of weeks, he’s grateful for the time he has at home with family.