Man with massive neck finds internet fame after mugshots go viral

Aby Rivas
Nov 22, 2018
10:07 P.M.

A man that was arrested twice in less than two weeks has earned internet fame after his mugshot was shared online. People made of his broad neck the object of several puns and memes.


These days anything can go viral, wheter is a video, photos, Tweet or Facebook post, the requisites are simple: it must be something moving, with social meaning, shocking, or that makes people laugh, and the mugshot of this man covered the last two.

Charles Dion McDowell was arrested last week in Escambia County, Florida, under the following charges:

“Fleeing/Eluding Police with Lights & Sirens Active, Possession of Meth with Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Deliver, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Deliver Schedule II, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Equipment.”



As reported by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook. A mugshot of the man accompanied the post, and while usually people would only scroll by something like that, or take to the comment section to thank police officers for their work, McDowell pic has earned almost 300k comments from people all over the country.

The man’s massive, wide neck became a sensation among netizens, who took the chance to make several puns about it.


“I'm just glad he has clothes on... It could be worse... He could be necked.”

“Did anyone notify his neck-s-ta-kin.”

“Police pulled up like "Put your neck behind your back!"

“Why Y'all do this, He was gone turn himself in necks week.”

“Tattoo Artist: “I know this yo NECK, but ima have to Charge you for a Back Tattoo.”

Those are some of the comments with most reactions under the post, but there are thousands more if you want to have a good laugh.



McDowell was released on a $57,000 bond, and on Wednesday, he was arrested again, this time in Lee County, Alabama.

He was driving with a suspended license and tried to elude law enforcement once again. Police officers had to deploy spike strips to stop his car as they chase him along the Interstate 85.

The man was charged for trying to elude law enforcement, 2nd-degree possession of marijuana, reckless driving, driving with license revoked, and improper lane usage.


This time, he was released on a $5,400 bond.

Source: Shutterstock

Source: Shutterstock


While most people made fun of McDowell for his neck, Dr. Milton Wolf on Twitter seems to know the possible reason for the man's strangely wide neck.

"It's called pterygium colli deformity. Or webbed neck," Wolf wrote, adding that the condition is associated with various medical disorders, most commonly Turner Syndrome or Noonan Syndrome which can affect males.


Diagnosing someone without really knowing their health story is not recommendable, so, there's no way to know if Wolf is right about his guess.


On a similar story, a former inmate was contacted by several model agencies after his mugshot went viral online.

The man, Mekhi Alante Lucky, whose arrest photo first went viral in 2016, ended up landing a contract with Atlanta-based agency St. Clair Modeling.


Lucky caught the attention of many people thanks to his unique facial features, particularly his one blue eye and one brown eye which was made possible by a genetic condition called "heterochromia."

The man was first arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and alluding arrest. He also had two misdemeanor charges for interfering with emergency communications and resisting an officer. However, since he started working as a model, he started his life all over again.

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