Weird TV news moment: Suspect in crime sketch looks like WJZ reporter telling the story

The story is a serious one of road rage, and station reports it appropriately, but ...

August 04, 2011|By David Zurawik | The Baltimore Sun

The report by WJZ-TV's Mike Hellgren is a serious one about a suspect in a road rage incident along I-83.

The attack took place about 10 p.m. Friday night near the Maryland-Pennsylvania state line.

It should be noted that the station has handled the story with the gravity and concern the subject matter and the victim's pain deserves.

But what has some of the Internet buzzing is the resemblance between the suspect in a police sketch that accompanies the story and Hellgren, who is reporting the crime.

Check it out for yourself in the picture accompanying this post and in the video of the report courtesy of WJZ, which has a content sharing agreement with the Sun.

A WJZ spokesman said Thursday night that the station did not have a comment about the similarity, and he did not know if the station had asked police about it.

Police arrested a 30-year-old man from York, Pa., Thursday in the crime, according to a Sun story. Read that here.

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