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  • 20 June 2014, 18:56

Most Wanted: 'Handsome' Mugshot Goes Viral

The mugshot of a man arrested in California has gone viral, with some 48,000 "likes" on Facebook and comments befitting a male model rather than a felon.

Jeremy Meeks, 30, was arrested on Wednesday on weapons and gang charges.

The Stockton Police Department posted Meeks's photo on its Facebook page - and it was soon shared more than 5,000 times.

"Ralph Lauren better sign him lol," wrote one user, while another one said: "FREE JEREMY" next to a smiley face.

Some comments focused on the man's high cheekbones, chiselled face and blue eyes - and spanned several languages.

"Vraiment beau," commented one user, while another one wrote "Bellooooooooo!!!!"

However, other comments were disapproving.

"Ya would it change your mind if you found out he beat his wife, failed to pay his child support, was a stone cold killer," said one user.

Joseph Silva, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department, said: "I have not seen that many likes for a photo before."

But he added that Meekswas "one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area".

Meeks was one of four men taken into custody during an operation to curb a recent increase in violent crimes around Stockton, in northern California.

Four firearms were confiscated during the raid.

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