Suspect 30-year-old Jeremy Meeks has been placed under arrest for felony weapon charges and a Facebook photo of his mugshot has given him instant fame. The photo has gone viral due to thousands of women cycling the picture through the internet because of the attractive features Meeks displays in the mugshot.
This is not Meeks’s first run-in with the law. He has, reportedly, been in and out of courtroom cases throughout the states of Washington and California for the past 10 years. His crimes include resisting arrest, falsifying his identity and grand theft for which 2 years in prison was served as punishment. Meeks was arrested for alleged street terrorism which may be part of gang activity.
Meeks was taken into custody in the city of Stockton, California. Stockton is a small town south of San Francisco consisting of just under 300,000 people and has one of the highest crime ratings in the country, specifically gang-related crimes.
Due to social media sites like Facebook, Meeks has instantly reached a level in the media that most felons do not – fame instead of infamy. Instead of being recognized across the country for his crimes, his notoriety has come from his “pretty” mugshot. Since the viral reception of said mugshot, Meeks’s bail has been raised to $1 million.
Meeks is a married man with two sons of his own and has made attempts in the past to turn his life of crime around to focus on supporting and loving his family. His wife is, reportedly, furious about how the country is receiving the mugshot of her husband. Having her lover’s icy blue eyes and chiseled face swooned over by tons of people all over the country is not amusing to her. She states that she feels as if everyone is “poking jokes” at the situation and does not appreciate how they are diminishing the importance of the matter.
While his wife may have a strong point to prove, she does not realize how the exposure could save her husband in the long-term. If ever Meeks is able to make the $1 million bail, his notoriety can be used to seriously put his life in a new direction. The thousands of fans Meeks has acquired from the internet are consistent and genuine in suggesting Meeks pursue a career in modeling professionally. Facebook fans have been commenting on Meeks’s natural talent for the craft of modeling by comparing him to actor Michael Ealy and French model Willy Monfret. Other fans on social media have been posting serious, yet comical comments like suggesting Tyra Banks recruit him for the next season of America’s Next Top Model: Felon Edition. Though some do seem to be “poking jokes” as Meek’s wife suggested, they also prove a valid point in stating Meeks could have a great amount of success if he were to pursue a modeling career.
Meeks is still charged with multiple felonies, but thanks to Facebook and other mediums of social media for granting him instant fame, he now has a chance at redemption. His mother has even started a Facebook page titled Free Jeremy in hopes of eliminating stereotypes made against her son and raising enough money to acquire a fair trial. He has garnered a huge amount of support from social media that he would not have otherwise acquired and one can only hope to see him change his life for the better.
By Cody Collier