Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, March 16, 2015
A Central Valley man learned that as disguises go, a spray-painted black face isn’t the best method to elude police.
About 9 p.m. Saturday in Madera, police came upon a stolen car in the 100 block of Monterey Street. As officers approached the car, a man was spotted running away.
At first, he evaded capture, said police Sgt. Dan Foss. But minutes later, a tipster told officers that the man was at his home in a nearby apartment complex.
When police arrived, the man jumped through a rear window and applied a coating of black paint from an aerosol can.
Officers found him within a block of his home.
“He was trying to hide against a white wall, so he really stood out,” Foss said.
At first, officers were puzzled by who the man was–so the disguise had partly worked. But he was later identified as 23-year-old Jose Espinoza.