If there’s one thing to learn from Kevin Vaughn — who is in King County Jail on a number of charges, including possession of a stolen motorcycle — it’s that face and head tattoos make it harder for accused wrongdoers to avoid detection.
If there’s one thing to learn from the story of Kevin Vaughn — who is in King County Jail on a number of charges, including possession of a stolen motorcycle — it’s that face and head tattoos make it harder for accused wrongdoers to avoid police detection.
Here are a few cases in point, drawn from Seattle-area crime files.
Vaughn, 26, who has “Hatred” tattooed in his hairline, escaped capture for four months, but was arrested and booked into jail on a handful of felony warrants.
Last year, John Fecteau, 23, who has a devil’s beard and horns tattooed on his face, was immediately identified as a suspect in a double stabbing by staff at a homeless outreach center, who needed only the description of the distinctive ink to provide police a name.
Fecteau pleaded guilty to assault and is serving 13 years in a Washington State Department of Corrections facility.
Michael Anthony Espinosa
Espinosa, 25, was taken into custody about two weeks after police named him as a suspect in a Federal Way shooting in May and released a picture of him, replete with face, skull and neck tattoos, including a “Lokos” tattoo over his right eye and “XIII” and “13” on the back of his head.
Michael Anthony Espinosa (Federal Way Police Department)
Espinosa has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held in the King County Regional Justice Center on $2 million bail.
Lamp, who is in prison for armed robbery, was arrested in 2009 about a week after Pierce County deputies issued a news release with his description. The release said he had numerous tattoos, including a large “666” on the back of his head, the words “anti-Christ” on his right neck, a burning cross on his throat, a teardrop below left his left eye and the words “Game” and “Over” on his eyelids.
In Lamp’s case, his capture was aided by his decision to blow through security at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and then crash his vehicle on base.