It’s possibly the least detailed sketch of a suspect most people have seen – but it actually worked.
The sketch of the suspected thief was made by a witness and released by police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
And despite having fun poked at it, apparently it jogged someone’s memory who helped police identify a suspect.
Lancaster City Police said the suspect was originally described as a man aged 30-40, 5’4″ tall, of ‘petite’ build and possibly South American or Asian. He was also described as having straight, black hair, wide-set cheekbones and a pointed chin.
Police also released a hand-drawn sketch of the suspect, which some might say didn’t really give much away about the man’s appearance.
But a few days later, police said the suspect had been identified as 44-year-old Hunt Phuoc Nguyen.
In a statement, the force said: “While the sketch provided by the witness may have appeared amateurish and cartoonish, it, along with the distinctive physical descriptors, jogged the memory of at least one investigator to provide a potential suspect name.”
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The information was passed on and the witness then identified Nguyen in a photo lineup.
He has now been charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking and police have issued a warrant for his arrest.
But despite the apparent unexpected success, some people remain sceptical.
Robert Robey tweeted: “The drawing doesn’t look anything like him. This makes me wonder how anyone was able to identify the thief.”
The drawing doesn't look anything like him. This makes me wonder how anyone was able to identify the thief. Could it be that the LCPD just fingered an innocent man to make themselves look like heroes?
— Robert Robey (@snobert4ever) February 9, 2018