Being a police sketch artist has always been a wildly fascinating career choice to me. Like, how does one actually end up with a job as a police sketch artist? Were they art majors in college who released that painting watercolor with their toes isn’t going to pay the bills? Or maybe they’re already police officers who just so happen to have a flair for the artistic.
Or maybe they’re actually just frauds, as this sketch artist appears to be, because this is hands down THE most incompetent police sketch I’ve ever seen. In fact, the sketch was so comical, that the police department responsible had to reaffirm that it was not drawn as a joke:
“We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect. This was not done in jest,” the Lancaster Police Department said on Facebook.
And yet, somehow, it worked.
Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, homeless, pretended to be an employee at a vendor’s stand Jan. 30 at 23 N. Market St. while a real employee was away, police said. He reportedly fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police released a detailed description Tuesday, along with a hand-drawn sketch of Nguyen, submitted by a witness at the time. Nguyen was positively identified by a witness as well as investigators and veteran officers who recognized his physical description and alleged motive, police said.
“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,” Lancaster police said on the department’s Crime Watch page.
Nguyen was charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking. Police checked his last known address, but he wasn’t found.
Only in America.