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Wyclef Jean put in handcuffs in case of mistaken identity

By Wade Sheridan
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Wyclef Jean put in handcuffs in case of mistaken identity
Wyclef Jean arrives for the 42nd annual American Music Awards on November 23, 2014. Jean shared on Twitter Tuesday that he was arrested by the LAPD. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

March 21 (UPI) -- Wyclef Jean was mistakenly arrested by the Los Angeles Country Sheriff's Department Tuesday as authorities were on the search for an armed robbery suspect.

"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?" the musician wrote on Twitter alongside a video of himself with his arms placed behind his back.

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"They just took off my Haitian bandana," he says in the clip. "That's what's going on with Wyclef in L.A. right now."

Jean says he had just left a recording studio with rapper T-Baby when he was stopped by police.

The incident involved Los Angeles County deputies and not the Los Angeles Police Department, NBC Los Angeles reported.

Deputies detained the Fugees alum following an armed robbery at a gas station at 1 a.m. PT in the West Hollywood area, noted NBC News. The suspect was described as a black man wearing a dark colored hoodie with a red bandana who was seen fleeing the scene in a gold or tan Toyota sedan.

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A West Hollywood patrol unit spotted a vehicle matching the description in which Jean was inside wearing a red bandana leading to his arrest. He was released after it was determined that he was not the suspect.

"They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person," Jean said about the incident on Twitter. "I am sure no father wants his sons or daughters to see him in handcuffs especially if he is innocent," he continued.

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