This witness-drawn facial composite helped police arrest a suspect

Unusual drawing helps police identify theft suspect

Witness sketch proves useful, helps police ID market theft suspect: police

A simple "amateur" and cartoon-like sketch of a robbery suspect helped Lancaster Police in Pennsylvania find the man responsible.

But the case isn't drawing to a conclusion just yet.

The suspect was identified as 44-year-old Hunt Phuoc Nguyen. Even though the picture is black and white and nearly cartoony, the police department said on Facebook that it "jogged the memory" of their investigators and gave them an idea of who to look for.

His mugshot was then included in a photo line-up and shown to the eyewitness, who immediately identified him.

The witness drew a picture of a suspected thief.

Thankfully, there were a number of witnesses to the theft, who described the man as 30-40 years old, 5 foot 4 inches tall and to be of South American or Asian descent.

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.

Pennsylvania's police department miraculously were able to use the following image to identify the suspect involved in a theft. He was further described as having wide cheekbones, a pointed chin and black, straight hair covering his ears. "That potential suspect information was passed on to Off. [Benjamin] Rothermel".

"When the police report had been initially made on January 30, the witness that reportedly drew the sketch also had given a brief description of the suspect to the authorities, describing him as between 30 to 40 years-old, 5'4" tall, of slight build and likely of South American or Asian descent.

As you'd expect, initially people didn't take the sketch seriously, mocking the department over social media, but police quickly stressed that they were being serious. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through this Crime watch page.

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