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'Cartoonish' Police Sketch Actually Helped Identify a Suspect

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(Lancaster Bureau of Police)

By    |   Friday, 09 Feb 2018 04:05 PM

A witness' sketch for police called "cartoonish" actually led police to name a suspect in a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, farmer's market robbery.

The amateur line drawing made by a witness may have looked more like a cartoon character than a person who posed as a farmer’s market employee and ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash, but it prompted a police officer investigating the crime to think of a homeless man who later positively identified in a lineup by the witness, Lancaster Online reported.

Police issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Hung Phuoc Nguyen on the basis of the sketch and positive ID. He has not yet been arrested because he could not be located, Lancaster Online said.

“We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect,” the Lancaster PD said in a Facebook post. “This was not done in jest.” 

Commenters said the sketch looked nothing like the photo of the suspect and that the suspect, described as Asian or Southwest Asian, did not even look Asian in the photo. 

According to police, Nguyen, 44, was born in Vietnam. One Facebook commenter said Nguyen had been at the Viet-My market on Wednesday and asked for money. 

Twitter users were surprised the sketch actually led to a suspect and enjoyed the story.

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