Gangster's Mugshot Goes Viral

Mirella Ponce was booked on gun charges and promptly made the internet go crazy
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2017 11:33 AM CDT
Gangster's Mugshot Goes Viral
   (Fresno Police Department)

It looks like America may have its latest "hot felon." Three years after a viral mugshot led to a modeling career for former gangster Jeremy Meeks, Mirella Ponce, a 20-year-old member of the Tiny Rascal Gang in Fresno, Calif., is getting similar exposure on social media, BET reports. On Oct. 23, Fresno police arrested Ponce after she was found with a gun in her car. Ponce was charged with felony possession of a loaded firearm and her picture was posted on the Fresno Police Department's Facebook page. Soon that photo, which features Ponce's many neck tattoos, one of which says, "Love Is Pain. Pain Is Pleasure," went viral. The post has already been shared more than 5,200 times, and it has more that 2,000 comments and 3,100 "likes" and reactions.

While some of the commenters condemn Ponce for having her infant child in a car with a gun and other gang members, many compliment Ponce on her looks. "The only crime she committed was stealing my heart," says one. CBS News reports that the police also posted a picture of Ponce's lilac gun, which prompted other comments. At least one person offered to pay the woman's bail, but bail bondsman Charles Vang cautions that if Ponce were to miss her court date, that generous soul would be on the hook for the entire amount, which, in this case, is $155,000. (More Facebook stories.)

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