1 arrested for the viral photo of woman flashing an AK-47

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A viral photo of a woman flashing an AK-47 assault rifle around San Francisco is being used by federal investigators to keep her boyfriend in jail. 

In the summer of 2021, San Francisco police released the photo after a lady and a Cadillac driver allegedly participated in an illegal sideshow on Barneveld Avenue and McKinnon Avenue. 

The picture went viral on social media. 

According to court documents filed by the United States Attorney’s Office, the suspected sideshow driver was identified as Christopher Gonzalez Nunez, 26, of Hayward.

Prosecutors determined Nunez as a felon, a member of the San Francisco Mission District Nortenos, and the woman’s “significant other.”

He has “a disturbing history of gang participation, gun possession and manufacturing, and reckless driving,” court documents state.

The FBI raided Nunez’s house on Woodroe Avenue earlier this summer and seized numerous illegal firearms, ammunition, and gun assembly tools.

In Nunez’s backpack, they found a 9mm handgun, an unserialized AR-15 style pistol, an unserialized Glock-style handgun, three AR-style 30-round magazines, and extended magazines. 

He was arrested and charged with federal firearms crimes. 

Nunez has a history of participating in sideshows, investigators said.

Guns and ammunition were seized from a Hayward home in June 2023.
(Image via U.S. Attorney’s Office)

When the viral photo was taken, “he drove, while his significant other leaned out his passenger window armed with an AK47. Not only does the car match a vehicle that Gonzalez Nunez owned at the time, but Instagram users ‘tagged’ him in photos from the incident and mentioned him by name,” prosecutors wrote.

Nunez liked the photo so much that he made it into a T-shirt, prosecutors said.

The woman’s name was not included in the court documents. Prosecutors, however, seem to know who she is. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote, “Gonzalez Nunez’s significant other has a criminal history of her own, including a battery conviction and arrest for assault causing great bodily injury, robbery, and domestic violence.”

Prosecutors filed a motion on August 18 asking U.S. Judge Donna Ryu to keep Nunez in custody as he awaits trial.

Prosecutors said Nunez is a dangerous person. His past gang conduct, “combined with his continued possession, assembly, and apparent distribution of firearms — including untraceable ghost guns — poses an unmitigable danger to the public,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.