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06/23/2014 04:06 pm ET Updated Jun 23, 2014

Donations Pour In For 'Hot Convict.' America, Get A Hold Of Yourself

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With that chiseled jaw line and those dreamy blue eyes, Jeremy Meeks, the convicted felon who’s considered to be "one of the most violent criminals" in the Stockton, California, region is definitely hot.

So hot that his mug shot has collected more than 95,000 likes on the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page since it was posted on Wednesday. He’s so hot that the Internet Photoshopped his face into Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein ads.

He’s so hot people are emptying their pockets to help him after he was arrested on five weapons charges and one gang charge.

Meeks inadvertently started stealing hearts on Wednesday when, in an effort to educate the public on its efforts to reduce gun violence, Stockton police posted a photo of the 30-year-old, alongside three other men who were arrested for felony weapon charges, to its Facebook page. The arrests came on the heels of the force’s "Operation Ceasefire Enforcement" mission, which aims to curb the recent increase of shootings and robberies.

At his arraignment, the dreamboat felon’s bail was set at $1 million and he was appointed a public defender.

Capitalizing on his quick rise to Internet fame, Meeks’ mom, Katherine Angier, set up an online fundraising campaign on Thursday for her son titled, Free Jeremy Meeks.

As of Monday afternoon, the GoFundMe drive had raised more than $3,500.

Angier hopes to raise $25,000.

"He has a job and ... He was on his way to work. With no gang affiliations as per two of the charges," Angier wrote on his fundraising page. "He has old tattoos..which causes him to be stereotyped. He's my son and I'm just trying to raise funds to help him in anyway. Please help him to get a fair trial or else he'll be railroaded."

h/t Think Progress

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