Man Spray-Paints Face Black in Attempt to Evade Arrest, Police Say

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.


Jose Espinoza

Jose Espinoza

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  • Mack0

    According to Holder and the rest of the brain trust at the DOJ this is MORE likely to get him apprehended. Should have gone Asian.

  • He did not spray paint his face. He just gave himself a new social construct.

    • WilmotRobertson

      He’s transracial. He’s in the first stage of his transition. So brave. So courageous.

  • Luca

    And now he went and committed a racial hate crime to make matters worse.

    • Light from the East

      Yeah, a Hispanic man painted his face black but he finally will be categorized “white” because he committed a hate crime.

    • Race War Provisions

      I’m watching “Assault on Precinct 13″…kinda fits into the narrative.

      “He stood out against a white wall”

      Smooth thinking there dippy.

      Plus tattoos would make you easy to pick out. I mean come ON

  • Susannah

    Black skin combined with mestizo features. Not exactly too convincing.

  • phillyguy

    Love it ,a Mexican in black face. maybe he’ll headline a minstrel show.

  • Jason Lewis

    He kinda has the hair.

  • LexiconD1

    This made me laugh.

    Welcome to Mexifornia….where our ‘brain-trusts’ think these guys are our saving grace…

  • John Smith

    Do they still count him as “white” in the crime stats now?

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  • Hilis Hatki

    Should have carried a bag of different colored paints with him, so he could change disguises or blend in with the local structures/terrain.

  • RacialRay

    Krylon Black Privilege. Comes in both matte and gloss finish.

    Individual results may vary.

  • LeonNJ

    He should also change his name to Shabazz Espinoza when he plays black face again.

  • I think this sort of thing should be encouraged.

  • De Doc

    I guess he also wanted his Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

    They only come here to spray paint faces Americans are too lazy to spray paint.

    • Maybe he had seen the movie “Colors” and wasn’t bright enough to grok that one is supposed to spray-paint SOMEONE ELSE’S face.

  • Raydonn

    His propensity to commit crime/mayhem just went from ‘likely’ to ‘guaranteed’……

  • archer

    More diversity enrichment to come in the years ahead.

  • Ram Paul

    Does this make liberals feel smugly enriched?

    I’m sure they read an article like this, and somehow deep in their hearts believe this is the fault of white Republicans, ‘big oil’, George Bush, and the ‘legacy of slavery’ or some other ideological garbage…

  • ElComadreja

    This reminds me of when blacks were spray painting Mexicans black after they beat them during the Rodney King riots. Funny how the media never mentions that.

    • Spaniard in LA

      I remember that. That incident actually sparked the racial tension between black and brown. Hispanics retaliated by firebombing several houses where blacks lived.

  • H. Mueller

    I think if he would have used a primer first, the paint might have covered a little better. I think a higher quality paint, such as Rustoleum might have served him well. And of course one would want avoid the high gloss enamel.

  • Alden

    Is that where the tattoo and blood taboo comes from?