The Difference is in the Details for Police Sketch Artists - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/18/02

The Difference is in the Details for Police Sketch Artists

"He's tall, dark, and handsome, has salt/pepper hair, wears glasses," says one Lubbock woman.

Lubbock Police Detective Doug Sutton tries to put a "face" to the description. Using a computerized composite drawing program, called Identi-Kit, Sutton can create pictures of people using even the most minor details.

If they're looking at a suspect, or if there's been some type of crime, how well can they recreate and redescribe an image of that person they've seen? So, we have to allow them enough time and not rush them," says Detective Sutton.

Even though he's been on local television for more than 20 years, people still had problems describing what NewsChannel 11 anchorman Abner Euresti looks like.

"I think he has a round face, kinda," says one woman.

"He's a Hispanic male. I guess 5' 11", big flowing black hair, high cheek bones," says one Lubbock man.

"Because they say flowing hair, we're going to go long hair," says Detective Sutton.

It's vague descriptions like this that is all Maryland investigators have to go on, and that makes attention to detail essential. Sutton says the sooner eyewitnesses come forward, the better.

"Obviously, identification is very important early on in this stage. If something goes down, the quicker you can get a person in, it's an essential tool for us," says Sutton.

The composite sketches NewsChannel 11 did were created in minutes. Actually, investigators work with eyewitnesses for much longer, sometimes two hours. Lubbock Police have been successful with their composite computer program, but they say it's up to you to pay attention to detail and always be aware and alert of surroundings.

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