This is the libel-proof
way of really saying "we think this guy is a suspect
but we don't yet have probable
cause and we want to talk to him and hope he's stupid
enough to confess and make our case." But, for some reason, they
choose not to come out and say that
the person is a "suspect
" that they
would arrest on sight.
Person of interest means we don't have enough to arrest; suspect
means we do.
Chief Smith said: "Witnesses described a bald white male with
' shirt as being at the scene
of the crime. He is a person of interest in this case
and we would like to talk to him."