Jeremy Meeks: arrested on weapon charges. Photo: Stockton Police Department
When marathon runner Zeddie Little was snapped mid-race, an internet meme was born.
But it could be some time before the latest addition to the ridiculously photogenic meme gets to capitalise on his new-found online fame.
Jeremy Meeks is 30, a convicted felon and awaiting trial on weapons charges. He was arrested in Stockton, California with three other men and his bail was set at $US 900,000.
Zeddie Little: the "ridiculously photogenic" runner who became a meme. Photo: Twitter
The arrest mugshot of Meeks has set the internet ablaze with over 25,000 likes and almost 7000 comments on Facebook in 24 hours.
The Stockton Police Department uploaded the photo to its Facebook page accompanied by a note explaining "Operation Ceasefire" in which Meeks was arrested.
"Due to a recent increase of shootings and robberies in the Weston Ranch area, the Stockton Police Department just completed a multi-agency Operation Ceasefire enforcement mission. Through an Operation Ceasefire analysis of the recent shootings, we identified a new active group in the Weston Ranch Area."
Another weapon-wielding good looking meme. Photo: Twitter
The posting attracted thousands of complimentary comments.
"This is why we like bad boys. Sometimes they have excellent bone structure. He better have all his teeth! Who cares cause someone out there will buy him some," wrote one fan.
"Is it wrong to say he's a hot criminal ... I mean his eyes could melt butter and he'd fit right in in Grey's Anatomy as doctor McFine-as-Hell!" wrote another.
The criminal charges weren't a deal breaker for everyone.
"Oh wow!!! Yeh well I've got a criminal record, maybe we could catch up and compare??" wrote one woman.
But some were more practical.
"Very attractive, but can not do 6x felony rap. I do not do jail, won't visit I may write a letter three times a year. I have no money for ya books ain't talking to your lawyer either. So again he is pretty but he may be ugly as hell on the inside! Hopefully, if they do not strike him out he uses his little brains, or looks for good not evil!"
Many of the comments condemned his actions, advised him to seek redemption through religion and urged him to turn his life around.
"Sorry, gorgeous lips and gorgeous eyes. Too bad he wasted his life he could have been a hot model and instead of entertaining himself in the streets he could of been entertaining all these girls out here with his beauty. Hey but its never too late to turn his life around."
Several have suggested the attention may be a turning point for Meeks, if an agent or Hollywood decides to pay his bail and set him up in an acting or modelling career.
Meeks is one of several people to garner internet attention based on unanticipated good looks, including a Syrian fighter and even one of the right side of the law, a police officer escorting a criminal.
The New York Post is reporting the female star of another attractive mugshot that became a meme is suing a website for running her image to promote their business without her consent.