Total recall: Could you identify a thief?
Total Recall Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Evidence suggests that although our memory of a frightening event might be strong, it focuses on key elements -- such as whether there's a weapon -- and not on general details.
What was the suspect wearing? What color was his hair, his eyes? Did he have on glasses or a hat?
During Tuesday night’s newscast, viewers witnessed a crime live. The newsroom took calls from viewers to see exactly how many details they remembered.
Tuesday, Idaho On Your Side talked to former Canyon Country prosecutor Virginia Bond, who's had plenty of experience talking to witnesses of crimes.
She's got plenty of tips on what to look out for if you see something suspicious.
"A person's face, height weight and clothes [are] immediate descriptors officers may need to track a person down. what are they wearing, how tall are they and finally if they do catch the person you have to be able to identify facial features."