Suspect Allegedly Spray-Painted Face to Hide From Police in Madera; Is Arrested

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Madera police released this booking photo of Jose Espinoza.

A suspected car thief allegedly used spray paint on his face in an effort to hide from officers, the City of Madera Police Department said Sunday.

Jose Espinoza, 23, initially fled from law enforcement personnel after being caught with a stolen vehicle on Saturday night, according to a post on the Police Department’s Facebook page.

He later ran a second time, but this time police authorities said he had spray-painted his face black to camouflage himself.

“The camouflage was ineffective,” police stated in the post.

Officers arrested Espinoza and booked him into jail on charges of receiving known stolen property, and theft and unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle, Madera County inmate records showed.

His bail had been set at $35,000, according to the jail records.