[UPDATED with "Sniffing" Alleged:] Victor Joseph Espinoza, the Ugliest Police Mugshot of the Week, Nay, Year, Nay, EVER!

See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on the accused pleading not guilty, and police claiming he "sniffed" the boy.

See Update No. 1 on the charges against the suspect.

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The question is not whether 425-pound Victor Joseph Espinoza tried to snatch a 10-year-old boy from soccer practice in Santa Ana Thursday.

The question is: Did Espinoza hide another kid in his neck?

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A 19-year-old woman was walking her cousin to soccer practice at Delhi Park when a very large man "lured" the boy over and grabbed him, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

The boy managed to break free and run with his cousin to the soccer coach, who confronted the man, said police, who added the would-be napper tried to run away but was tackled by the coach.

But the large man could not be detained and fled. Police later arrested a man identified as 55-year-old, documented gang member Espinoza behind a home in the 500 block of East Central Avenue. He was held on suspicion of false imprisonment, child annoying, and gang enhancements, police said.

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Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Which gang does Victor Joseph Espinoza belong to? The Ate All the Apple Dumplings Gang?
He's lucky he's also not facing charges for failing to register a ZIP code for that neck.

UPDATE NO. 1, OCT. 10, 9:12 A.M.: Due to prior strike convictions for gang crimes and street terrorism, Espinoza could get 15 years in state prison if he is found guilty of trying to snatch the boy, according to a statement sent this morning by the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).

The OCDA is seeking $250,000 bail at arraignment later this morning for Espinoza, who is charged with one felony count each of false imprisonment and street terrorism with sentencing enhancements for committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang and a prior strike conviction for street terrorism in 2007.

The 55-year-old tried to break the ice with the boy walking to soccer practice in Delhi Park around 7:20 p.m. by asking the 10-year-old if he wanted to see the large man's gang tattoo, according to the OCDA.

Message to the soccer team: How about holding those practices for boys that age earlier in the day?

UPDATE NO. 2, OCT. 10, 3:11 P.M.: At today's arraignment hearing, which had Victor Joseph Espinoza pleading not guilty to charges that could send him to prison for 15 years, a Santa Ana Police account disclosed that after the 55-year-old held out his arm to show off his gang tattoo, he allegedly grabbed, picked up and "sniffed" the boy.

Despite the 10-year-old yelling for help, Espinoza would not let go, according to police. The boy eventually broke free and ran to his coach for help. Deputy District Attorney Rahul Gupta singled both out for bravery. The prosecutor also urged other possible victims to come forward.

As expected, bail was set at $250,000. Espinoza is due back in court Oct. 18 for a pretrial hearing.

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nikNnik
nikNnik

I agree STRONGLY with @Laughingatthis .Why is every one focusing on his chin??  R U serious???? Like all U ignorant people who have only them jokes and rude, hurtful remarks to say... are so irrellevent to making a comment because your not focused on the story and what happened...Think about it, He's someone's dad , someone's husband/Boyfriend..and especially his kids...How do you think they feel when they read your hurtful remarks? For those of you with kids..you should know better!!! and I'm really embarrassed for you that all you can come up with is comments of his looks..what a disgrace you all are.....

Laughingatthis
Laughingatthis

According to the headline of this story this man has taken the ugliest mugshot "EVER", so this makes me focus on the picture rather than his crime. I would like to know what makes it the ugliest picture ever, OC Weekly? Is it the fact that he is overweight which leads to the rather large chin? If it that is the thing that makes it the ugliest picture ever then does that mean being overweight is ugly, OC Weekly? Since this paper is currently running another story that says otherwise. The woman in that story who contacted your paper is claiming to have been bullied for being overweight so does this mean her social website profile picture could be considered an ugly picture as well?

Guerro
Guerro

Do we have a correctional facility that is structurally sound enough to hold this barril de manteca?  And how many medical procedures will he demand over the course of his sentence?  Maybe this is el plan secreto de la reconquista.  Inundate our prisons with obese raza, coge-ninos and watch the state crumble into bankrupt dust.  Andale pues.

Bernie_Bernstein
Bernie_Bernstein

has our society sunk so low that a man can't sniff a boy to check for freshness?

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Well thank heavens the kid didn't get caught up in the wake turbulence of that sniff. 

Visitor
Visitor

Wait a minute... earlier this year the City of Santa Ana passed an ordinance prohibiting people required as Sex Offenders to enter the city parks or a 300 foot buffer around them. What happened??? Child Safety Zones do not work???

klooo
klooo

That is a nice picture

mikeycattell
mikeycattell

@CucumberExpress @ElPocho @OCWeekly Seriously this guy is the most..infact i dont even need to add any comment on it. #Bud #Weis #Er

anon
anon

Fat Bastard anyone?

Kelli Clendion
Kelli Clendion

LOL They just draped the shirt over him because it couldn't fit! Was he going to have sex with the child or eat him?

darquewitch
darquewitch

Was he going to have sex with the child or eat him?? O_o Fat fuck couldn't even fit into the prison outfit, so they just dressed it over his Jabba the Hut looking ass. 

Staci Williams
Staci Williams

I think hes lost his chin and neck somewhere in his gullet

Insomnio Somnolence
Insomnio Somnolence

425lb guy trying to catch a stealthy soccer player hmm no that ain't gonna work JABBA LOL!

Joey Callo
Joey Callo

Jj Medina, Hey I found your boyfriends picture.

clarkdandy1
clarkdandy1

he is potato head indeed ! always heard the word .... finally seen it !

Anna
Anna

Too much genetically modified corn, amigo.

jl641
jl641

FAT GHETTO PIG!

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

And it appears the neckline of the (jumpsuit?) he's wearing has been modified to suit his needs...

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Looking at the mug shot. It appears the jail garb doesn't fit Jabba the Hut, so they just draped it over his fat shoulders.

Bernie_Bernstein
Bernie_Bernstein

 @Visitor Tubbo the 500 pound Mexi-Clown isn't a registered sex offender, however, he has been banned from Golden Corral, Home Town Buffet and Souplantion. 

ElPocho
ElPocho

@mikeycattell @CucumberExpress @OCWeekly I have to admit I was clueless. Well done, well done.

HexStar
HexStar

 @Anna 

Anna, that's an excellent point.  Monsanto at work.  Providing good food for the masses.

 

metalmot
metalmot

 @JBinOC 

He isn't wearing it, you can see the back. It's pinned under his neck roll. 

 

I have to wonder how many other children he ate before he was caught.

 

 

CucumberExpress
CucumberExpress

@ElPocho @mikeycattell @ocweekly hahaha I understood you the first time lol

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