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Saturday 19 April 2014

New York police left red-raced after photo-fit looks nothing like suspect

The photo-fit issued by police next to the mug shot.

THE initial sketch of the likely suspect that the police released, and Salvatore Perrone, who was arrested in New York earlier this month

When police in New York arrested Salvatore Perrone earlier this month on charges of shooting three Brooklyn shopkeepers to death, the focus was on the grisly murders of the merchants as they worked in their clothing stores.

But now attention has turned to the police and, in particular, its initial sketch of the likely suspect.

The image shows the suspect as a young African American man wearing sunglasses. Perrone, a white, 64 year-old garment salesman with thinning hair, could not look more different.

Authorities previously offered rewards of more than $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

All three victims were of Middle Eastern descent with stores within a 5-mile radius of each other.

Two were killed in the summer, while the last incident occurred this month when 78-year-old Rahmatollah Vahidipour was killed in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighbourhood.

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