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SANTA ANA, CA — Police have arrested a 425 pound man after they say he grabbed a 10-year-old boy on his way to soccer practice, and started smelling him.

The incident happened Thursday evening when a 10-year-old boy was walking to a local park with his 19-year-old cousin. When they reached the 500 block of E. Central, 55-year-old Victor Joseph Espinoza lured the boy over to him.

Once the boy got close enough, Espinoza grabbed him and would not let go. The boy was finally able to pull free and ran to the park to notify his soccer coach what had happened.

“The little boy cam crying at me, saying that man wanted to take him,” the coach said. “He said that he grabbed him and he started smelling him.”

Espinoza was still at the front of the park when the coach saw him and confronted him.

“He goes, ‘Oh, I’m leaving, I’m leaving,’ and I said, ‘No, you’re not leaving, we’re going to wait for the cops. Because you did something wrong to that little boy.’ He tried to leave and that’s when I tackled him down. I’m a parent, I worry about my kids, and I thought that I had to do something.”

Somehow Espinoza still managed to escape, but a police helicopter would spot him hiding under a tree in a nearby backyard. He was arrested without incident and charged with suspicion of false imprisonment, child annoying, and gang enhancements, for being a documented gang member.

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  • Sam

    Wow. Yes, watermelon is good for you, but next time – please chew.

  • Sam

    For being able to tackle a 425 lb man – you, my friend, may have just single handedly upped the toughness perception of soccer.

  • Sam

    Although i will concede – once down, the soccer coach would have been used to the person on the ground lingering in apparant agony whilst faking an injury for at least 10 minutes. No wonder basketballchin managed to get away – the power of surprise…

  • Sam

    “Mmmm, smells like chicken!”

  • slavesher

    Wow. That infrared made him look like the Stay-Puff Marshmallow man!!

  • slavesher

    And BTW is that a ham around his neck?

  • sugarpie

    So smelling the meat is the proper method for picking a ripe human. Good to know.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Well, thankfully the kid was able to break free without having to resort to punching/kicking him in the junk – poor kid’s arm/leg probably would’ve gotten stuck, if it didn’t simply bounce off the surrounding fat shields.

    I’d joke about how this hero tried to save a kid from the cruel fate of soccer, but my heart’s not really in it.

  • myironlung

    You’re smaller than me, means you’re in my food chain! Get in MAH BELLY!

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    To make bail, he could use his chin for an advertising platform
    for an awesome website. (Hint.

    DreaminDemon can’t
    afford Danica Patrick, but, with all the lint in our pockets, we could get him.

  • newstarshipsmell

    And what sort of loser gang let this lard tub join their ranks?

  • ¡Entre en mi vientre!

  • It’s momma June’s brother from another mother!

  • Pipsmom06

    I totally have this mental image of an elephant trying to hide behind a palm tree. There is something wrong with me. Hehehehe

  • Pipsmom06

    A wattle?

  • SayAunt

    Damn he’s fat! His blood type must be Ragu.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I can’t imagine any 10 yo smelling good enough to eat. They all usually have that little kid sweaty stank going on. Now babies are a different story. 🙂

  • LeaveMeBe

    I hate to be mean, but how in the hell did he lure the kid over to him, especially looking like that? As a 10 year old, I would have avoided that man like the plague, in spite of what my momma taught me about being nice and non-judgmental. No way would I have gotten close enough for him to be able to snatch me. I honestly have to say I have never seen a face that looked like that before, and I’m not poking fun at his weight or anything, I sincerely have never seen fat do that before.

  • Hiding under a tree? Come on, they don’t have giant redwoods in Santa Ana!

  • come_and_see

    They say if a hungry Grizzly bear attacks you to play dead.

  • It’s just him and a guy named Jake.

  • Gee

    Well that’s just about what it looked like on the infrared video.. LOL

  • Gee

    Basically all that was needed was to stay just beyond arms distance of this guy. It is not as if he could chase you down and catch you. Little boy learned a scary lesson to not approach strangers.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Pretty sure this dude’s event horizon is farther than arms distance. Stay far away. Very far away.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Too bad the kid wasn’t packing a can of Bear Spray for soccer practice.

  • SayAunt

    and 55 years old? Must be the Old Latin Lard Asses. OLLA!

  • Heather_Habilatory

    That infrared video was the funniest damn thing I’ve seen in a looooong time!

  • tkaz

    This is true. My 8 yr old told me he’d rather not wash his hair as he likes the “lived-in” smell. Umm…eww!

  • tkaz

    I am astonished by his neck. I thought it was a joke photo at first….
    Should I be impressed the coach knocked over 425 lbs? I feel I am. I mean, even if the guy wasn’t sure footed, that’s a lot of weight to push over.

  • sugarpie

    lol – I’m gonna guess that at 425 lbs even the smell of a 10 yr old who doesn’t want to shower is masked by the BO of ones-self… **sniffs, grunts**

  • newstarshipsmell

    Funnier than the Denver Channel’s CG rendering of the toilet lurker?

    Jesus, there sure are a lot of stories about toilets here on the D’D.

  • LeaveMeBe

    *lolblurpgaggulp* I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. :O

  • Gee

    That was very funny

  • Rachel Ann

    What the fuck Jabba? This isn’t Star Wars you can’t just snatch kids off the street to be your love slave!
    it looks like he has a feed bag strapped to his chin. This guy has his own gravitational pull, you can’t expect a kid to be able to fight a force like that!

  • Mrs. Beasley

    His pic is freaking me out. It looks like someone drew a face on their thumb and took a picture.

  • Gravitational pull, I’m guessing.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    The video reminded me of the FLIR footage from the Iraq War. The only thing missing was the missile homing in & the satisfying explosion after… Sort of like the “Exploding Whale” video…

  • Abroad

    He wasn’t that fat when he joined. It was all those years in prison that did it. 😛

  • Abroad

    Yes, well. Unlike so-called “football” players, they don’t get to wear padding all over before they take the field. 😛

  • Snickering x Hydra


    They should print this mugshot out and hang it somewhere.

  • LuvsHorror

    Yes, it was gravitational pull that caught the kid. He didn’t go willingly.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Consider how bad he must’ve smelled that that kid broke the speed of light to escape.

  • Eliza Berntsen

    Are they sure that he hasn’t stuffed another 10-year old in his chin/ neck?

  • Sam

    Yes, but neither is tackling part of soccer… 😉
    Don’t get me started on so called tough ‘American’ football. Take away the padding, cups and helmets and you have what we in the UK call rugby 🙂

  • JGo555

    It’s like watching a bear do tricks for bits of food!

  • JGo555

    Horton Smells A Who.

  • JGo555

    Olla = pot (as in the thing you cook in).

  • JGo555

    Barriga works better, Pete. Good try though!

  • sam1211

    if I saw his mugshot on any other site I’d swear that is was photoshopped lol “Fee Fi Fo Fum! I smell a 10 yr old!”

  • Heather_Habilatory

    That story has traumatized me for years.

  • nmsp6

    I wanna know how in the hell a dude that big got away to begin with. It’s not like he could outrun his pursuers. Hell, shoulda just tripped him and rolled his ass to the nearest cop.

  • Kasie K

    Oh crap….GOOD ONE

  • Kasie K



  • JohnQknowitall

    425lbs? How far could he have run and obviously under a tree was the only viable hiding space. May as well have just stayed.

    If the coached attacked the giant, I bet he is hot.

  • Isn’t that one of Dick Tracy’s adversaries?

  • I love that pic!

  • newstarshipsmell

    Apparently it was just a still frame from a short video clip simulating his surprise and her reaction… I didn’t see the video in the source article, so I’m wondering if it aired on their TV affiliate’s news broadcast or something. I’d love to see it.

    What I love even more than that pic, though, is that some executive/administrator signed off on commissioning it in the first place. The minutes from that meeting are probably a hoot.

  • DamagedGoods

    Did anyone else imagine toilet dude saying “Hiiiidey ho!”?

  • Abroad

    Sounds like we are on the same page……

  • But Jake hasn’t been seen for weeks. Coincidence? You be the judge!

  • PlaysWithBalls

    haha I hadn’t watched the video, but after reading your comment, I had to… I lol’d.

  • fel121

    He was going to eat him!

  • whatthefuckisthis90

    Can’t wait to read the comments lol

  • whatever

    And where was the 19 y/o cousin he was with at the time?? Just standing there letting the kid get lured by the unknown man?

  • LeaveMeBe

    You’re right, I forgot about him. I wonder exactly where he was and what he was doing?

  • 7Seas7

    He was hiding under a tree? or was the tree hiding under the guy?

  • Sarah Ochocki

    He took all the neck and left none for that reporter in the video.

  • joshua

    I heard Fat Albert and Jabba the Hut sponsored his admission into the gang.

  • WTF!?? Is that his chin??

  • was this guy like 4ft 11in tall?

  • G.I.R.L.


  • Mr. Anonymous

    He is a gang member lol. They will let anyone in now.

  • Mr. Anonymous

    Lol and that guy was spending some time with him the day before. I don’t know but it would be a bit awkward to hang around with this guy. I can’t stop laughing man…

  • Mr. Anonymous

    Laughed so damn hard lol it is 2AM and that just made me lol.

  • The human embodiment of Jabba The Hutt. I did not know that chin fat could get THAT big!

  • susan

    what kind of tree was he trying to hide behind – a sequoia?

  • A 56-year-old man, accused of grabbing a 10-year-old boy and sniffing his arm, was sentenced to 32 months in prison Thursday after pleading guilty.

    Victor Joseph Espinoza of Santa Ana, pleaded guilty to a false imprisonment charge. His rap sheet includes a conviction as a gang member.

    In exchange for his guilty plea, charges of street terrorism and a sentencing enhancement for gang activity were dismissed.

  • Shannon Stewart

    Good one!