NYPost Pennsylvania police were able to issue an arrest warrant for a man identified after a sketch of him circulated, and was mocked among social media users. A witness drew an image of a suspected thief — who police believe to be Hunt Phuoc Nguyen, 44, — and submitted it to Lancaster City Police, which then released the “cartoonish” picture alongside a detailed description on Tuesday. Authorities said the suspect, believed to be Asian or South American, was around 5 feet 4 inches tall, and between 30 to 40 years of age. Police said the suspect had black hair and wide cheekbones. “We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect,” officials said, according to Lancaster Online. “This was not done in jest.” The hand-drawn sketch was ridiculed online, with one person claiming it was singer Jason Mraz. Another user joked: “That guy looks just like my roommate,” with the sketch Photoshopped on to a picture of his roommate’s face. Lancaster Police stated online that, “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 witness who reported the crime — an alleged theft from a market in Lancaster — was shown an array of photos of possible suspects. Nguyen was identified, and was charged with theft by unlawful taking and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
There is nothing we here at SportSmasher.com love more than a horrible police sketch, and shockingly in this case out of Pennsylvania, the terrible sketch actually help police catch a suspect. A witness to a theft from a Lancaster, Pennsylvania market drew this sketch, which lacks details entirely, but local police decided to release it anyway. The sketch worked, someone recognized the sketch looked like Hunt Phuoc Nguyen, and the top led to an investigation which led to Nguyen’s arrest. The sketch looks nothing, and I mean nothing like Nguyen, unless he always wears a folded snow hat with four lines on it which he was forced to remove for his mugshot. We have seen some amazingly bad police sketches in the past, like this sketch of the world’s happiest extremely dangerous armed robbery suspect out of Atlanta, it this sketch of a robbery suspect out of Texas that completely lacks detail. Nothing makes us laugh harder than an absolutely horrible police sketch, but shockingly, this one worked.