updated 06/20/2014 AT 2:50 PM ET
•originally published 06/20/2014 AT 12:10 PM ET
Jeremy Meeks is a smooth criminal, managing to steal the hearts of thousands of ladies online.
The 30-year-old was picked up in a gun sweep in Stockton, California, for felony weapon charges on Wednesday. After the arrest, police posted Meeks’s mugshot onto the department’s Facebook page along with details on the alleged crime. But it wasn’t Meeks’s criminal record that caught the attention of Web users – it was his baby blues. The convict’s Facebook mugshot has collected over 59,000 likes and 17,000 comments, many of which remark upon Meeks’s criminally good looks.
News10.net interviewed Meeks behind bars about his popularity with women from all over the world. While Meeks appreciated the compliments, he stressed that he is an innocent – and married – man, not a thug “kingpin” looking to cause trouble.
Meeks’s message still hasn’t stopped the outpouring of attraction. The reformed felon has now gone from Facebook post to full-blown Internet sensation. Admirers are photoshopping his face onto high fashion magazine pages and turning him into a Twitter trend with hashtags like #FreeJeremyMeeks, #HottieThug, and #FelonCrushFriday.
Here are but a few ways the Internet has transformed Meeks’s mugshot so far: