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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009, 12:09 P.M.

Noon: A Suspect By Another Name

Meghann Cuniff: One pet peeve about these incident writeups - the description provided is NOT of the suspect, it's of the robber - the actual culprit. No suspect has been named yet!

Sgt. Christie Wood: It is my police training….in written reports we always refer to the person who committed the crime as the “suspect”. I have never used the word “culprit”. I will give it a try! We hope to have some video surveillance footage later today. I will get ahold of you.

Question: What word should Sgt. Wood use instead of "suspect" in her press releases to describe an individual who has committed a crime but hasn't been apprehended?

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