Shared from the 2017-03-22 Chattanooga eEdition

Wyclef Jean says he was mistaken for suspect


Wyclef Jean

LO S A N G E L E S — Grammy-winning musician Wyclef Jean said he was unfairly detained early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles County after he was mistaken for an armed robbery suspect, but while apologizing for the inconvenience officials said he was lawfully stopped by deputies looking for a violent armed robber whose victims’described a similar vehicle and article of clothing.

The former Fugees star posted a video on Twitter Tuesday showing himself in handcuffs leaned over a patrol car in West Hollywood after authorities said he matched the description of a suspect with a gun who was being sought for an armed robbery. Jean had said he was stopped by Los Angeles police, but he was actually detained by sheriff’s deputies in neighboring West Hollywood.

“I was asked by the police to put my hands up. Then I was told, ‘Do not move.’ I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself and before being told why,” Jean told The Associated Press hours after the incident. “In the process I said my name and told them they have the wrong person. They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal.”

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, sheriff’s officials said Jean was riding in a car that matched the description of the vehicle reported in the violent armed robbery.

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