The Kansas City Police Department, as it often does, released photos of suspects in an assault on a city bus driver earlier this week to solicit help from readers and viewers in identifying them.
It turns out that the mother of 20-year-old Lewis W. Perkins was paying attention to local media this week. She recognized her son as one of the suspected assailants of a Kansas City Area Transportation Authority bus driver.
According to police records, Perkins' mother identified him and an unnamed juvenile suspect and had them turn themselves in to Kansas City police.
Both were charged Friday by the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office. Perkins is up for first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Police say Perkins and the juvenile boarded a KCATA bus last Saturday and didn't pay their fares. That led to an argument with the unidentified bus driver, who told police that Perkins stabbed him while the other suspect punched him.
The driver, who also picked Perkins out of a police lineup, was taken to a hospital and has been recovering.
Prosecutors are asking for a $100,000 cash bond for Perkins.