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Arrestee's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

By Channing Joseph

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:58 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO » A handsome mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 28,000 "likes" and drawing comments praising his high cheek bones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes.

Jeremy Meeks, 30, a felon, was arrested Wednesday on five weapons charges and one gang charge, according to Officer Joseph Silva, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department.

No previous arrest photo has garnered so much positive attention since the department set up the Facebook page in March 2012, Silva told the Associated Press.

"I have not seen that many likes for a photo before," he said.

As of 7 p.m. Thursday, Meeks' arrest photo had garnered more than 28,000 "likes," 2,100 shares and 8,200 comments.

"Wow. That is one good looking mug shot!" one person wrote.

"Momma, I'm in love with a criminal," another joked.

Some online commenters even said Meeks looked like he belonged in an Abercrombie & Fitch ad or on the hit CW show "America's Next Top Model."

Still others were disapproving, such as one observer who said, "He may be a tad bit cute, but with six felonies, he ain't that cute."

Meeks was one of four men taken into custody during Operation Ceasefire, a multiagency mission to curb a recent increase in shootings and robberies in the Weston Ranch area of Stockton, a Northern California city of about 300,000 nestled amid the network of waterways that form the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Four firearms were confiscated during a sweep Wednesday involving the Stockton police gang unit, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Task Force and other agencies.

Silva called Meeks "one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area," though he declined to provide any details on the crimes that Meeks is believed to have been involved in.

Meeks, who is being held in lieu of $900,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon.

Silva did not know whether he had retained a lawyer.

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copperwire9 wrote:
on June 19,2014 | 06:43PM
atilter wrote:
why don't we fellows get any good-looking female felons to ogle? is that what is known as gender equity??? think not!!! free-press? humph!!!
on June 19,2014 | 06:45PM
csdhawaii wrote:
Google Meagan Simmons and you'll get your wish.
on June 20,2014 | 11:20AM
rayhawaii wrote:
I think Hawaii's escapee with orange dyed hair and black shoe polished face should of won the most hits.
on June 19,2014 | 07:41PM
Mei mei wrote:
LOL bwahahaha!
on June 20,2014 | 03:54PM
Knowlege wrote:
what a joke
on June 19,2014 | 08:33PM
bobbob wrote:
wut the efff
on June 20,2014 | 01:06AM
BuhByeAloha wrote:
I'm sure his cellmates also find him handsome.
on June 20,2014 | 04:44AM
csdhawaii wrote:
It looks like this guy's face is almost perfectly symmetrical as well as having very appealing features like full lips, a chiseled jawline and ice blue eyes. It's just a shame that someone who could have used their looks as an asset to make a decent living decides to be an (alleged) criminal instead.
on June 20,2014 | 11:22AM
alleged?-Dude or whatever, he is a habitual criminal!
on June 20,2014 | 03:53PM
Mei mei wrote:
agreed, what a darn shame... it could have made millions of his looks! A & F, runway shows, etc. etc. etc. oh well. all that went to waste :(
on June 20,2014 | 03:55PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
sorry ladies..he likes guys..that's why he keeps going back to prison
on June 20,2014 | 04:55PM
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