Witness' bad sketch of suspect actually helps police identify criminal

Witness' bad sketch of suspect actually helps police identify criminal
Photo credit: Lancaster City Police Department

A US Police department has managed to identify a suspect with the barest of clues after circulating a crudely drawn sketch of the man.

A witness to the theft from a street vendor drew the sketch, however they were unable to remember precise details of the man's likeness so could only provide a very basic drawing, The Lancaster Online reports.

The Lancaster City Police department says the sketch was not released as a joke and they actually hoped it would help them catch the criminal.

"We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect," the Facebook post said.

"This was not done in jest."

However somebody did recognise the man in the picture and he was identified as Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, a homeless man in the area.

Hung Phouc Nguyen.
Hung Phouc Nguyen. Photo credit: Lancaster City Police Department

"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," the police said.

Attempts to contact Mr Nguyen have thus far been unsuccessful and they are asking anyone with information to contact them.

He has been charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking.

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