(Riverside Police Department)
Normally you call in a police artist to draw a sketch of a suspect AFTER a crime, but there are exceptions. For example, a man in Riverside, California this week approached a caricature artist and requested a drawing of himself. Once the portrait was complete, the suspect robbed the artist and fled the scene with over $500 of the victim’s money.
It wasn’t ALL bad news for the artist, however. While the suspect made off with the money, he apparently felt guilty about stealing a portrait he hadn’t paid for, so he left it behind.
The portrait shows a black suspect with obviously emphasized features, sporting a thin mustache, giant lips, and wearing an earring. The man is wearing a backward ballcap, with tufts of hair pushing out from under the brim.
In a social media post, the Riverside Police Department described the suspect as a 5’1” black male with an average build in his early 20s.
“This caricature is of the suspect, but of course, has exaggerated characteristics and features,” the police department said.