Many police departments across the country and in the Washington region still rely on the composite sketch to help solve crimes. On the left are examples of sketches drawn to help police find a suspect, while the suspect's mugshot appears on the right after his or her arrest. Related story: Police still drawn to composite sketches to find suspects.
Leesburg Police arrested and charged 19-year-old Gregory Keon Coates with armed robbery on Aug. 5 based on Shaw's sketches and other evidence. (Courtesy of Capt. Thom Shaw/Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)
A gun, medication and other items were taken at an open house in March 2008. A real estate agent described a woman who had attended the event. Detectives tracked her down based on the sketch, and police say she confessed to this and other incidents where she posed as a potential homebuyer to steal items. (Courtesy of Capt. Thom Shaw/Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)
A woman had described a man she saw fleeing her home after a burglary in August 2012. A man who had been arrested for other burglaries saw Shaw's sketch, smiled and admitted it was him. He was charged with the August 2012 burglary and others. He asked for a copy of Shaw's sketch. (Courtesy of Capt. Thom Shaw/Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)
Streed developed this sketch after a kidnapping case in California where the witnesses were 8 and 10 years old. The alleged kidnapper was caught after he killed a family in Idaho. He was connected to cases in California because of the sketch. (Courtesy of Michael Streed/Baltimore police)
A composite sketch by Michael Streed, a former forensic artist in California who is now a police artist working for Baltimore police. This sketch and photo is of a man arrested this year for his alleged connection in a Baltimore homicide case. (Courtesy of Michael Streed/Baltimore police)
This sketch and photo is of a man arrested this year for his alleged connection to a Baltimore homicide case. (Prince George's County Police)