Thursday, 15 November, 2018

'Amateurish' sketch helps police identify suspect in robbery

'Amateurish' sketch helps police identify suspect in robbery 'Amateurish' sketch helps police identify suspect in robbery
Melinda Barton | 09 February, 2018, 03:32

Despite releasing a ridiculously bad hand-drawn portrait of a suspect, police in Pennsylvania believe they got their man.

A cartoonish sketch of a suspected thief, drawn by a witness of the crime, actually led Pennsylvania police to the man in question.

Another said "That guy looks just like my roommate", before photoshopping the sketch with his roomate's picture. A photo array was prepared and later shown to the witness who provided the sketch.

They later added: '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'.

A warrant was issued for his arrest.

A day after police released the "sketch", they were able to identify Hung Phuoc Nguyen as their prime suspect.

Lancaster Online first reported on the Lancaster Police's posting of the sketch Tuesday as the cops asked for the public's help in identifying a person accused of stealing cash from a vendor January 30 at Central Market.

In a follow-up post, Lancaster Police revealed that Nguyen had been identified a possible subject based both on the description and the unusual "photofit".

At one point, the man took cash from the business and fled the area on foot. The suspect was further described as having straight, black hair that covered his ears and that he had wide-set cheekbones and a pointed chin. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through this Crime watch page.

Nguyen was reportedly charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking.

The image quickly went viral online and was roundly mocked for its lack of detail, but amazingly the information helped, according to police.