Marten Joseph Brandel, Accused Hanger of Noose at Gay-Rights Office and Ugly Police Mugshot Legend

This week was an especially fruitful one for ugly police mugshots. There are the skinhead San Clemente home invaders. As previously noted, a suspected student loan bilker is certainly no looker. And by shear weight alone, a 300-pound rape suspect had it locked.

But then we took a gander at the mugshot of Marten Joseph Brandel at right.

Ladies and germs, we not only have this week's winner but a first-ballot candidate for the Ugly Police Mugshot Hall of Fame.

First, though, let us get this out of the way: Whoa! Marten! Dude? Woo-hoo, look over here!

The 45-year-old is the homeless man suspected of hanging the noose that was discovered in the doorway of the Santa Ana office of Equality California the night of Oct. 29, 2010. You may recall our coverage:

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Brandel was linked to the noose through DNA evidence, but Santa Ana police officers had a hard time locating their suspect because he is a transient.

He's also on parole for narcotics violations and assaulting a police officer. After showing up to a scheduled appointment at a parole office in Irvine on June 17, Brandel was arrested on suspicion of a hate crime and for hanging a noose on private property for the purpose of terrorizing the owner or occupants. He is being held without bail because of the parole infractions.

Santa Ana police claim Brandel admitted to hanging the noose, but he would not say what he has against Equality California, whose spokesperson Vaishalee Raja released this statement:

We thank the Santa Ana Police Department for making an arrest in this case. It sends a powerful message that crimes motivated by bigotry against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will not go unpunished. Equality California will continue its work to open hearts and minds so that LGBT Californians one day enjoy freedom from the prejudice and hatred that can lead to violence.

The Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week nominees Brandel beat out follow after the break . . .

Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's Office
Carla Ann Brennan

, a 63-year-old Laguna Hills woman who owes $88,000 in court-ordered restitution from a 2008 tax-fraud case, was charged Tuesday with paying it back with some of the $262,000 she stole from five students who thought she was helping them obtain college loans. (See

Carla Ann Brennan Accused of Using Stolen Student Loan Funds to Repay Tax Fraud Restitution


Brian Merle Sawin

, 25, of Anaheim or Garden Grove, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree robbery in concert, first-degree residential burglary, aggravated assault and other allegations and enhancements, including committing the crime for the benefit and promotion of a criminal street gang, for the 2009 home invasion in San Clemente. He faces a minimum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison at his July 8 sentencing in Santa Ana.

Ditto for

Mitchell Highley

, 24, of Rancho Santa Margarita. Highley and Sawin were looking at sentences of 30 years to life with conviction before they accepted a plea deal.

Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's Office

Former bookkeeper

Elyse Marie Kennedy

, 37, of Santa Ana, who was ordered Thursday to pay back $113,000 she stole from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tustin. The grand theft parolee was previously sentenced to nearly three years in prison after pleading guilty to forgery in the theft of $129,000 from the church between 2007 and 2009. (See

Elyse Marie Kennedy, Bookkeeper With Herman Munster Bangs, Guilty of Embezzling $129,000 From Church


Michael Delgado

, 27, who is to be arraigned July 15 on two counts of forcible rape, two counts of forcible oral copulation, one count of sexual penetration by foreign object, and one count of false imprisonment by violence for the attack on a 42-year-old maid who'd come to clean his Fullerton apartment on June 17. (See

Michael Delgado, 300 Pounder, Accused of Raping Maid He Hired Off Craigslist


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