Dead Ringer! Sketchy Sketch Leads to an Actual Suspect
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania — A amateur, hand-drawn sketch of a suspect by a witness to a crime became the laughing stock of the Keystone State. But, as they say, the joke's on you.
On Tuesday, the Lancaster County Crime Watch page posted they were searching for an unknown male who pretended to be an employee at a stand inside a farmers market. Police say he took cash from the business and fled on foot. He was described as a man 30-40 years old, 5-feet, 4-inches tall with straight black hair that covered his ears, and he was possibly South American or Asian.
A witness was able to provide the police with a hand-drawn sketch of the suspect. Police released the sketch to the public, which got some laughs.
Here is a sketch of the suspect’s vehicle. pic.twitter.com/xvV7fAEKBw— Denlesks (@Denlesks) February 8, 2018
But the sketch worked. Police said after the initial release some investigators recognized the physical description.
"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 post said.
A line-up with the suspect was shown to the witness who drew the sketch, and it was a positive match.
Officials issued an arrest warrant for Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, but he has yet to be located. He's facing two counts of theft by unlawful taking.