What is the difference between perpetrators and suspects?

Just curious. Any law enforcement officials that can tell me.

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  • jen
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    A perpetrators is the person who committed a crime (We may or may not know his/her identity). A suspect is someone we suspect may have committed a crime whom we are investigating.

    In other words let's say we are investigating Joe. We suspect he is the perpetrator therefore he is a suspect.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A perpetrator is someone who actually carried out some deed, where a suspect is someone only suspected of carrying out this deed. In this manner a person can be a suspected perpetrator.

  • Perpetrators are the ones that actually did the crime.

    Suspects are "suspected" of doing the crime, but proof is still being gathered to see if they perpetrated the crime or not.

  • 1 decade ago

    Perpetrators planned and performed crimes. A pepetrator has broken the law.

    Suspects are those who are SUSPECTED of planning and carrying out crimes -- a suspect may or may not have done it, but it is plausible that a suspet may have done it because there is some reasoning (motive, opportunity and method) to match this person up with a certain crime.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A perpetrator is a person known to have perpetrated (Committed) an illegal act or acts whereas a suspect is believed but not proven to have been a perpetrator (In Committing) an illegal act or acts.

  • WC
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Perpetrators are the ones who are the ones who committed the crime, suspects are the ones who the police think done the crime, but they have no proof of this yet.

  • 1 decade ago

    the perpetrator is the person who committed the act.. the suspect is the one who is suspected of committing the act.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    not all suspects can be guilty but the perpetrator is always guilty.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    maybe think of it like this...if 3 men are arrested for the same crime, but only one of them was guilty, then the guilty one is the perp. but they are all suspects until one is proven guilty

  • 1 decade ago

    an inch and a half.

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