Update: Victor Espinoza, featured in our Mugshot of the Day series in December 2012, pleaded guilty and was sentenced this week in a California Courtroom. The corpulent Espinoza was accused of luring a ten-year-old-boy walking with a cousin in October 2012, and then grabbing and sniffing the screaming, struggling child, who managed to escape.
In a deal with prosecutors, Espinoza, a known gang member, pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment in exchange for a 32-month sentence. Who knows, with credit for time served and good behavior, maybe he’ll be out sooner.
Below see the full story and full-size mugshot from December.
Originally Published Dec. 18, 2012
Mugshot of the Day
This 425-pound gang member was arrested in early October 2012 after an alleged attempt to kidnap a boy, 10, as he was walking with his cousins to soccer practice in a Santa Anna, Calif., park. According to police Victor Joseph Espinoza, 55, allegedly lured the boy close enough to grab him, but the boy struggled and managed to escape. He got help from his soccer coach, who wished to remain anonymous, but reportedly told ABC Los Angeles, “The little boy came crying at me, saying that man wanted to take him. He said that he grabbed him and he started smelling him.” The coach pursued Espinoza, but was unable to stop him long enough for police to arrive.
Espinoza was arrested after being spotted hiding under a tree by a helicopter with infrared cameras. Charges against Espinoza, who has reportedly been arrested more than 60 times over the last 30 years, include suspicion of false imprisonment and child annoyance. There are additional charges associated with his gang affiliations. Bail was set at $100,000.