The man known as the "hot felon," Jeremy Weeks, shot to unexpected international fame last week -- and his wife and family are not amused by the mocking attention.
Jeremy Weeks had the misfortune of -- well, there were several unfortunate circumstances that led to the #FelonCrushFriday internet frenzy. First, Weeks was allegedly present for a traffic stop in California during which the car he traveled in was said by police to contain multiple pieces of contraband, including weapons.
Then, as is not uncommon nowadays, Stockton Police posted his mugshot to their Facebook page -- and since the original picture was posted, it has received nearly 100,000 likes and nearly 13,000 shares:
Given the virality of the "hot felon" post last week, Stockton Police posted a second "update" specifically regarding Meeks' arrest. The department claimed the 30-year-old was involved in "gang activity," and said:
"Meeks was stopped by Stockton Police yesterday at approximately 6:30 AM, after he and others were observed leaving a home where a search warrant was about to be executed. Meeks was the driver of a car with two passengers; one of the passengers is Terry Bailey, 23, who is on probation... A search of the passenger compartment yielded a 9mm round of ammunition and a small amount of what is believed to be marijuana. A search of the trunk located an unregistered and loaded Springfield Armory.45 caliber XD(M) semi-automatic handgun along with two extended magazines for the firearm."However, the family of Jeremy Meeks (while not pleased with the attention) has told a bit of a different story -- and over on GoFundMe, where they've set up a defense fundraising page, mom Kathryn Angier explains:
"He has a job and... He was on his way to work. With no gang affiliations as per two of the charges. He has old tattoos..which causes him to be sterotyped. He's my son and I'm just trying to raise funds to help him in anyway. Please help him to get a fair trial or else he'll be railroaded."
A Facebook page set up by his relatives in response to the media attention features a picture of Meeks and his wife:
It also totally makes sense that Meeks' wife would be displeased about the situation, which she is. Not because of her husband's model good looks, but because people are laughing at her family's very serious situation.
At a recent hearing, family friend Rajanique Davis commented:
"It's ridiculous... People are making jokes when this is not funny at all."
Simone Johnson, another friend, told reporters the wife of the "hot felon" was laying low:
"I wouldn't be surprised if you don't see her at all in the cameras, because she's upset... She's furious. Her man is in there and people are taking it as a joke, thinking it's funny talking about his looks, saying all kinds of crazy things."
The family has raised more than $3000 for Weeks' defense.
[Image: Stockton Police, Facebook]