Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
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Widely-mocked 'sketchy' drawing of suspect actually leads to an ID

Widely-mocked 'sketchy' drawing of suspect actually leads to an ID

Police say the suspect was described as a possibly South American or Asian man who's 30 to 40 years old with straight black hair, wide cheekbones and a pointed chin.

But with a basic description - and one of the simplest suspect sketches in history - they were able to catch their man.

Officers of Pennsylvania's Lancaster Country Police Department have issued an arrest warrant for Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, after he allegedly pinched money from a market checkout when its attendant stepped away.

Police in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania say they have identified the suspect in a theft case based on a "cartoonish" sketch that was drawn by the victim.

Nguyen was charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking, according to court records.

An amateur sketch, despite being a ridiculously bad hand-drawn portrait that police said might have appeared "cartoonish" led to authorities in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, successfully identifying a suspect accused of taking cash from a business and then fleeing the scene, reports said Thursday.


The cartoon-style drawing - compared by some online to a kids drawing - was then posted to the Lancaster Police Facebook page as they appealed for the public's help with a note that it wasn't a joke.

All the information police managed to gather made them believe the suspect might be Nguyen, leading them to show his mugshot in a photo line-up.

The sketch quickly went viral online and was widely mocked for its lack of detail.

It may have been an unusual drawing of a theft suspect, but it produced the results police were looking for.

The witness subsequently identified Nguyen in the photo array. They're still looking for him. Police are now trying to locate Nguyen.

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