Amateurish Drawing of Pennsylvania Theft Helped Police Nab Accused, Social Media Pokes Fun at the Sketch
A weird and funny sketch of a suspect helped Pennsylvania police issue an arrest warrant for a man. The man was identified and caught after the sketch was shared on social media and went viral for the seemingly cartoonish bad drawing. A witness drew a sketch of a suspected thief and submitted it to Lancaster City Police, which then released the ‘cartoonish’ image along with a detailed description of the thief on Tuesday. The man was identified as 44-year-old Hunt Phuoc Nguyen. The cartoonish drawing that was released by the police online with an objective that it will help them nab the accused was ridiculed for the amateurish sketch and people on social media poked fun at it.
Although the sketch was not a great one it still helped the authorities find a possible suspect. The authorities believed the suspect to be Asian or South American and were around 5 feet 4 inches tall and between the age group of 30 to 40 years. Police said that the suspect had wide cheekbones and black hair. Lancaster Police said in a Facebook post, “We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect. This was not done in jest.” BBC Dad Professor Robert Kelly Wins Timeline TV Moment of the Year Award For the Interview Interrupted by his Kids
Hunt Phuoc Nguyen was issued with a warrant
However, many people ridiculed the sketch and some even wondered how it is possible that the police could identify a suspect with such a bad sketch.
The suspect was picked out from a photo array
You might have laughed at this morning’s story about a hand-drawn sketch of a theft suspect provided to Lancaster police, but it worked. Police say it helped them identify the suspect as Hung Phuoc Nguyen. The witness picked him out of a photo array. https://t.co/Y48j2WP4Mu
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Drawing doesn’t look similar at all
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
However, Lancaster Police in a statement 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.” Hunt Phuoc Nguyen was charged with theft by unlawful taking and a warrant was issued for his arrest.