Suffolk: ‘Ninja’ and ‘Darth Vader’ e-fit image used in witness appeal defended by police after Facebook criticism
19:27 30 April 2014
Police in Suffolk have defended the use of an e-fit image which has been compared to a “ninja” and “Darth Vader” on social media.
Suffolk Constabulary released the image, which shows a man wearing a hood with his mouth covered, after another man was threatened with a knife and robbed in a Suffolk village.
But the use of the image has attracted criticism from people posting on Suffolk Constabulary’s official Facebook page.
Stuart Reeve said: “If he’s says “luke, I am your father”, it’s Darth Vader.”
Matthew Crowe said: “You’ll never catch a ninja.”
David Hay said: “Sad Ninja has sad eyes. He looks remorseful.”
Darrell Smith said: “The e-fit artist really earned their wages for this one!!”
Rod Farrow said: “Why put this sorry state of an efit up at all? It would have been better just to put a description like it has on the full article. It would have come across better and be taken more seriously.”
However, Arthur Sweeney said: “Hey this is a serious effort by the police. Comedians, give it a break. Get a life.”
The image was released after a man was threatened with a knife in a parking area in Little Wratting in Suffolk between 9.25pm and 10pm on April 26.
The victim, a man in his late 20s, had gone out to his car to fetch his prescription that he forgotten to bring in earlier, when he was confronted by a man who threatened him with a knife.
After ordering the victim to open the boot and doors so he could search the car, the offender saw the bag containing the prescription medication which he then stole, along with some cash that the victim had turned out of his pockets.
The victim was then ordered to sit in the car and put the seat belt on and the offender then made his escape. The victim was left distressed but unharmed as a result of this incident.
The suspect is described as a white man aged in his late 30s to early 40s, around 5ft 10in tall, of skinny build with blonde hair. He had fair coloured eyebrows, dark coloured eyes, bags under his eyes and bad skin around the eyes.
He was wearing a black mask with a grid pattern in light grey, dark hooded top with the hood up, a dark baseball cap with stitching around the peak, dark jeans and black gloves and ‘Caterpillar’ style boots. He is described as speaking with an accent believed to be Irish.
A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “The use of e-fits can often help when appealing for information, particularly when used in conjunction with a detailed description of the individual.
“This was a very serious crime where the victim has been threatened with a knife and we must explore every avenue in order to try and identify the person responsible. The victim was able to describe in detail the offender’s eyes, style of cap, hooded top and scarf worn across his face and therefore a decision was made to do an f-fit appeal.
“Our priority is to identify and locate the person responsible for this robbery and already following the release of the e fit, description and appeal people have come forward with information which could help the investigation move forward.
“We have a very interactive Facebook community and while there have been a number of comments about the e-fit we are confident that most are light-hearted but people do recognise the importance of doing anything and everything we can to identify the offender.”
Witnesses or people with information relating to this incident are urged to call police on 101.