UPDATE at 9:20 a.m.: So here's what we've learned about the man TMZ is calling "Dreamy McMug." Jeremy Meeks' mom has started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for his defense. So far, she's raised $398. Katherine Angier says the charges are trumped up because he gets stereotyped by his old tats. She also describes him as a working man with a son. "Please help him to get a fair trial or else he'll be railroaded."
Swooning was probably not the response one California police department was going for when it posted a photo of a suspect in a gang believed to be behind a recent spate of robberies and shootings.
But swooning is exactly what the Stockton police got when they posted Jeremy Meeks as the, well, poster boy for “Operation Ceasefire” on the department’s Facebook page. Meeks was one of four men arrested this week on suspicion of felony weapon charges, according to an ABC affiliate.
The proud police announcement featuring a pouty Meeks has been shared nearly 2,500 times, and we’re pretty sure it’s not a sense of civic pride in law enforcement sweeping the country.
As Susan Sarandon might say in an '80s flick, “Oh my.”
Or, as today’s Facebookers put it:
"Can Jeremy have visitors? Yum!!"
“We can negotiate the terms of his parole all night long!”
“I'll be in charge of watching him if he's on house arrest.... I'll handcuff him to my bed.”
“See ladies all the good looking men are married, gay or locked up!”
Some on social media, however, are getting a grip and trying to snap the others out of it.
"I had to come to this page and see if it were actually real," wrote one visitor to the police department's Facebook page. "Now that I'm here can't believe what I am reading."
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