After a night spent in the studio Wyclef Jean found himself a victim of mistaken identity, after the Sheriff’s Department in Los Angeles mistook the singer for a man who just robbed a gas station.
Jean tweeted out a video of himself standing next to a Sheriff’s car with his hands cuffed, blasting the LAPD (though it was really the LASD that actually picked him up):
The 47-year-old rapper, along with two female passengers, one of which was his manager, was pulled over by the Sheriff’s Department around 1:30 a.m., according to a report by TMZ.
A Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department spokesperson confirmed the incident to Entertainment Tonight: “The incident happened at 12:40 a.m., I don’t know the exact time that he was stopped, but there was an armed robbery that occurred in our area. The victim that was robbed gave a description of a vehicle and a suspect which matched the vehicle that he (Wyclef Jean) was a passenger in and the suspect’s description matched his description, that’s why he was detained.”
The LASD added that Jean had been detained for approximately 10 minutes before he was released: “When we detained him the officers were speaking to the handling unit that was still with the victim and were able to ask some clarifying questions and hear some details to determine based on their investigation in the field that he was not the suspect, so they continued on with the investigation.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the LASD issued a lengthy statement including an apology to Jean: “It is unfortunate that Mr. Jean was detained for six minutes during this investigation, as he had no involvement whatsoever in this violent crime. However, Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs are frequently required to make lawful detentions, under the strict parameters provided by law, in the interest of catching often dangerous and armed suspects in our communities and keeping the public safe. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is apologetic for any inconvenience this process caused Mr. Jean. We are grateful we were able to apprehend the robbery suspects and that no one was seriously injured.”
After posting the video, Jean followed up with a series of tweets about the incident:
While, the LAPD also tweeted on Tuesday morning, clarifying it wasn’t their department that was involved in the incident: