Fat Albert police sketch

The Internet Notices Something Awfully Familiar About Sexual Assault Suspect in Police Sketch

A police sketch of the suspect in a sexual assault sparked a flurry of reactions on Monday — but not for the reasons authorities had hoped.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released the sketch earlier Monday, hoping for the public’s help in tracking down the armed man who abducted and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl back in August, NBC affiliate WTHR reported.

The man was described as 5’5″-5’9″ tall and weighing 230 pounds.

According to the IMPD, he had afro-style hair, a wide face and a lazy right eye. The man was driving an older model tan SUV with tinted windows.

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After WTHR posted the story, which contained the sketch as the cover image, to social media, many users responded by noting the suspect’s uncanny resemblance to a beloved children’s cartoon character.

“Local police continue to search for Fat Albert. More news at 11,” said one commenter, referencing the Bill Cosby-created animated series which ran from 1972 to 1985.

Other users took shots at the artist who created the sketch.

“When you hire a sketch artist from the temp agency,” said one user.

“I thought this was a rough draft for a new Garbage Pail Kid,” said another.

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Police are urging anyone with information on the suspect to call 317-262-8477 or 800-222-8477, or submit online tips at CrimeTips.org or P3Tips.com.

Cover image:

  • IMPD police sketch.: Screen grab

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