A, no one that I can see has said that this sentence is about a criminal.
And B, even if it were, there would be no reason to use a dated term in preference to a more common and idiomatic one, since both are inexact. If a police officer or a forensic detective needed to be more precise, he or she could use different language altogether, describing, for example, the shape of the bridge of the nose, the angle of any healed break, whether it was off-center, which direction, etc.
But in modern life, I seriously doubt that there's any reason to rely on a verbal description as evidence, since law enforcement now uses videos, photos, sketch artists, and so on. You know the saying, I'm sure, about a picture vs. a thousand words.
So I don't really see what the point of that rather sour comment was.