Wyclef Jean Handcuffed by the LAPD in Armed Robbery Search: ‘Another Case of Mistaken Identity’
Wyclef Jean was detained and handcuffed by Los Angeles police early Tuesday morning (Mar. 21, 2017) during a search for the suspect of an armed robbery.
TMZ reports that Jean and two female passengers – one of whom is his manager — were pulled over by L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies around 1:30 a.m. local time in West Hollywood. Jean tweeted a video from the scene in which he stated that police put him and handcuffs and took off his “Haitian bandana.” He wrote in the caption, “Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?
LAPD another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs? pic.twitter.com/vjRfJUkooA
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017
Jean later explained that police asked him to put his hands up and told him not to move. “I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I am sure no father wants his sons or daughters to see him in Handcuffs especially if he is innocent,” the singer continued. “As some one who has law enforcers in my family, I was appalled by this behavior of the LAPD.”
In a separate Instagram post, Jean said to the camera, “Just so you know, I am going to sue the LAPD.”
Police confirmed to NBC News that the suspect in the armed robbery case was described as an armed black male wearing a gray- or dark-colored hoodie with a red bandana, and was seen driving away in a gold or tan Toyota sedan. A West Hollywood patrol observed the vehicle matching the description and Jean was wearing a red bandana. The singer requested information about the sergeant at the scene but he has not filed a complaint or made a statement since the incident.