While browsing through the morning newspaper a couple of weeks ago, I came across a story about a man who attacked a disabled woman in a park in Tacoma and the composite sketch looked strikingly like someone I’d seen before. I just couldn’t place the face.
After a few moments, it dawned on me: It was Ben Fowlkes. I’d recognize that dead stare anywhere.
I was informed when I called the tip line the fifth time that morning that they already had a suspect in custody. As I hung up the phone, it dawned on me that this probably happens a lot. I imagine that the week after an awards show or sporting event the FBI and police agencies around the globe probably field dozens of calls from concerned citizens who think that Ricky Gervais is the Pittsburgh purse snatcher or LeBron James is the dude who stole their kid’s bike.
After looking through hundreds of the shoddily thrown together composite sketches on the net, we found quite a few that look a lot like figures involved in the sport we love. Hopefully they all have alibis for the nights in question.