Thursday, December 30, 2010

Chilling smiles

What does it say about a person when, once they are accused of cold-blooded murder, they mug for their mug?

SAN ANTONIO -- Nearly 12 hours after a man was found beaten to death, San Antonio police named a suspect in the slaying.

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for Gabriel Reyes Castillo, 33.

Castillo is accused of killing a man in his 30s at an apartment complex in the 2500 block of Clara Lane on the city's Northwest Side at around 6 a.m. during a confrontation, police said. Police said the victim was assaulted with a shovel and had blunt force trauma and lacerations on his body.
(from KSAT-12)

SAN ANTONIO -- Police arrested a man suspected of murdering another man on the Northeast Side last month.

The suspect, 26-year-old Troy King had a smile on his face as he was led out of the police department Wednesday night. King is accused of killing 22-year-old Troy Skidmore.

Police say King and another man, Leroy Peterson, chased Skidmore through the Spring Hill Apartments in the 4800 block of Raybon and then pulled out a gun and shot him several times.
(from WOAI-TV)

I hope this smiling thing doesn't become a trend.


Anonymous said...

Those are from your driver's license picture. They're not taken once you're arrested...

Albatross said...

Those are from your driver's license picture.

Really? Are you freakin' serious? Do you really think the second picture is from a driver's license? It was taken as they were leading the suspect out of the police station ---- after arresting him for murder!

As for the first picture, I'll concede that that might be from the suspect's driver's license, but I doubt it. Television news outlets (if they haven't already captured video of their own) try to get the mug shot that was taken of the suspect at the booking. This is a public document, so it is easily obtainable by the media, and it provides the most recent picture of the person arrested, not one that was taken possibly years ago.

So, I'm guessing that's actually a mug shot.

Sabra said...

It sounds as though Anonymous is claiming that mug shots are repurposed driver's license photos. Because, you know, a photo you had taken 5 years ago is a highly accurate representation of who you are now, or accurate enough for the police, anyway.

And yeah, I think it's a bit scary too. Narcissism? Or a reflexive "smile for the camera"? I'm thinking for the second guy it's the first thing. "LOOK MOM, I'M ON TV!" Some folks will take their 15 minutes however.

Anonymous said...

It is reflective of the gang they are in...they wear clown masks with devilish smiles...similar to IT. Its sick but true and a very narcissistic move. We call them goones. One of these "goones" murder my 20 year old son. I am waiting for the day they arrest the person; whether they smile or not...Ill be happy that they justice will finally be served