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Arrestee's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

Mug Shot Goes Viral

By Channing Joseph

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - 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.

Felon's 'Hot' Mug Shot Turning Heads

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lafeef June 19 2014 at 11:35 PM

Just goes to show what a morally bankrupt society we have become.

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Kerry June 19 2014 at 11:56 PM

This is one of the more pitiful stories I have ever read. It is a sad day for America.

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mercinyc Kerry June 20 2014 at 9:58 AM

You don't remember the same type of comments during the presidential election? It would be mortifying to see exactly what % voted based on looks.

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sybilquestion mercinyc June 20 2014 at 12:20 PM

That is how JFK beat Nixon for the Presidential election.

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Doug mercinyc June 20 2014 at 2:42 PM

All Scott Brown has going for him is his looks. Otherwise he's a political nutjob.

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Steven Narbonne June 20 2014 at 12:19 AM

Some women are sooooo desperate.

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wmaem815 June 19 2014 at 11:16 PM

HE'S STILL A FELON

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cuervooro June 19 2014 at 11:29 PM

This is a good example of what Obama has brought to this nation, and I'm referring to the idiots who like this half breed.

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dwarner513 June 20 2014 at 12:25 AM

If this is what females go for, then they deserve everything that happens to them.

They would be better off avoiding the "bad" boys and going after the nice guys.

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deviantstep June 20 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hideous mutant. Must be deranged SF Gays who like him.

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Ed June 19 2014 at 11:23 PM

Unless the law enforcement is still still looking for them these scumbags shouldn't get free publicity.

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donpantanella June 19 2014 at 11:35 PM

so thats what "handsome" looks like.....I must be gorgeous

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lovenratchet June 20 2014 at 12:00 AM

You can see evil in his eyes, i catch him around me or mine ima attack him FIRST...I bet you that...pretty boy alright...a pretty rapist...God got it...#SoSickOfNonsense

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