The 2014 Mug Shot Awards
It was a big year for crime in 2014, and with great crime often comes great mug shots. Here are our 10 winners for Mug Shots of the Year, which are all very special in their own way. Keep up the good work, America!
The Craziest Mug Shot
It didn’t take long for Arena Arnold to set the bar high for 2014’s mug shots, as she was arrested in January for posing as the passenger after a car crash when she was really the driver. She was also intoxicated. It’s possible that Arnold is a great actress, too, as her eyes aren’t really crossed normally–but that could have been the intoxication coming into play. And there’s no acting involved with that hair.
The Funniest Mug Shot
Also known as The Inception Mug Shot, this August booking photo of 19-year-old Robert Burt features him wearing a t-shirt with his June arrest mug shot on it with the caption: BURT FAMILY REUNION, 8/8 – 8/10/2014, SPONSORED BY BUD LIGHT AND SOMERSET COUNTY SHERIFF. Burt was checking into jail to complete a short sentence for drunken driving, and said upon his release that police were “laughing their asses off” at his shirt. So are we, Robert.
The Happiest Mug Shot
In September, Michael Whitington robbed a bank and tried to escape on a light rail train. He was caught shortly after, but he didn’t let that get him down. In fact, judging from his mug shot, getting caught was exactly what he wanted and was quite possibly the happiest moment of his life.
The Saddest Mug Shot
The exact opposite of Whitington’s mug shot is this one of Gabriel Harris, a sad sack from Florida who just wanted some Taco Bell at 3 a.m. but it was already closed. When he refused to leave the premises (on his bike), the cops showed up, and that’s when things got really sad. They attempted to take away Harris’ Swiss Army knife and he fought back, which led to him being subdued and arrested for resisting arrest with violence. Ultimately, this melancholy mug shot was the result.
The Most Ironic Mug Shot
There are a lot of hilarious mug shots of people wearing ironic t-shirts, but this one goes a little deeper than that. In August, Diondre Jones committed medical fraud by posing as her dead sister in order to avoid paying a bill. The ironic part? She was wearing a memorial t-shirt at the time that featured a photo of that same dead sister. She probably didn’t think that one through all the way.
The Cutest Mug Shot
We now enter into the “looks” portion of our Mug Shot Awards with the most recent winner. In early December, 18-year-old Alysa Bathrick became known as “Cute Mugshot Girl” when she tweeted her booking information saying: Surrendered myself at 7 a.m., got released at 11:30 a.m. F**k what you heard. And my mugshot’s cute. She was reportedly arrested for selling Xanax.
The Hunkiest Mug Shot (tie)
We’d be remiss to exclude these two dudes, who won the hearts of all the girls out there who love bad boys in 2014. The mug shot on the left is Jeremy Meeks, a convicted felon who was arrested in June on a gun charge in California. He earned the moniker of “Hot Mug Shot Guy” for the year until November, when a mug shot of Sean Kory (pictured right) went viral. Kory was arrested for alleged assault on Halloween, and could very easily be the long lost brother of Meeks.
The Sexiest Mug Shot
“Hot criminals” were a trending topic in 2014, especially during the latter half, and model Angela Coates topped them all when she was arrested for disorderly conduct in August. Her mug shot then went viral a month later when it was discovered online. Coates claimed on Twitter that she was wrongfully arrested, but there is no denying that she is guilty of absolutely killing it in her flawless mug shot.
The Most Appropriate Mug Shot
In April, 21-year-old Ross McMakin was apparently able to predict the future when he put on this t-shirt. That’s because he was later arrested for a DUI after he drove onto the sidewalk, hit a parked car, and choked his girlfriend when she tried to take his keys away. He was charged with drunk driving, reckless endangerment, harassment and strangulation–all charges that are consistent with being “drunk as shit.”
The 2014 Mug Shot of the Year
Congratulations Michelle Waro, you are the winner of 2014’s best mug shot! Arrested in August for throwing bricks through her in-laws’ windows because it was “fun,” Waro gave us the perfect combination of insane, happy and hilarious with her mug shot. We can only hope she’ll be free to get arrested for something crazy again in 2015 to defend her title.