Cops Handcuff Wyclef Jean, Mistaking Him For Robber

Haitian-born rapper/singer Wyclef Jean was last month handcuffed after police officers in Los Angeles, California mistook him for a suspect in a robbery. According to reports, Jean said he was returning from a recording studio early in the morning when he was pulled over by the police. He claimed he told the cops they had the wrong person and that they never informed him about the reason for the stop.

Wyclef Jean“They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person,” he tweeted. According the Sheriff's Sergeant Charles Duncan, Jean’s vehicle was stopped because it matched the description of one driven by the robbery suspect who, like Jean, was wearing a red bandana.

The real suspect had allegedly pistol-whipped and robbed two persons in West Hollywood, California. Jean, in another tweet, blasted the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for the incident.


“LAPD another case of mistaken identity,” he tweeted. “Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs? “ Jean tweeted that the police asked him “to Put my hands up. Then I was told do not move. I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself.”

After the police realized Jean was not the suspect, they released the artiste. He had been detained for roughly six minutes, police said. Jean was still fuming after the incident. “I am sure no father wants his sons or daughters to see him in Handcuffs especially if he is innocent,” the founding member of the hip-hop group the Fugees tweeted. The real suspect has since been arrested, according to the police.