World’s worst police sketch actually looks like the suspect

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World's worst police sketch actually looks like the suspect
The drawing (which actually looks like the suspect) was put together using a basic description given by an eye-witness. (Picture: Lancaster police)

Police hunting for a suspected thief were mocked on social media after publishing a hand drawn cartoon of what he looked like.

However people were left gobsmacked when the sketch actually led to an arrest warrant being issued – and the suspect being identified.

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The drawing (which actually looks like the suspect) was put together using a basic description given by an eye-witness.

Police in Pennsylvania then used the image to charge Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, with two counts of theft.

An arrest warrant was later issued – but he remains on the run.

World's worst police sketch actually looks like the suspect
Police in Pennsylvania then used the image to charge Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, with two counts of theft. (Picture: Lancaster police)

Nguyen was wanted after allegedly pretending to be a vendor and stealing money from a stand a a market.

The suspect – who is homeless – is then said to have fled the scene.

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In a Facebook post before the identification, officers from Lancaster City Police released the sketch alongside a description.

A spokesperson said: ‘We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognises the suspect.

‘This was not done in jest.’

They later added: ‘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 suspect was confirmed as Nguyen when his mugshot was included in a photo line-up.

An eye-witness immediately identified him.Anyone with information regarding Nguyen’s whereabouts is asked to call Lancaster police at 717-735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 800-322-1913.



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