Ridiculous police sketch mocked for its simplicity leads to arrest

Written by on February 9, 2018

Source: By STEPHANIE HANEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

A suspect has been identified as the suspect in connection with a crime in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, thanks in part to the help of a simple, hand-drawn sketch provided by a witness.

A criminal complaint has been filed against Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, charging him with two counts of theft by unlawful taking.

‘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,’ Lancaster Bureau of Police officials said on Wednesday in a Crime Watch blog post.

Lancaster Police made the sketch, along with the description of the suspect and his actions, public on Tuesday in hopes the community might recognize the perpetrator.

People initially thought the sketch was a joke, but police set the story straight.

‘We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect,’ Lancaster city police said, according to Lancaster Online.

‘This was not done in jest.’

All of the information, together, helped investigators and veteran officers identify the suspect as Nguyen, whose mugshot was then included in a photo array.

When that photo array was shown to the initial witness, the witness positively identified Nguyen as the suspect.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Nguyen, but his whereabouts remain unknown.

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