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Homeless Man Killed by LAPD was Wanted by U.S. Marshals

March 04, 2015  | 

Booking photo of man who claimed identity of Charley Saturmin Robinet (Ventura County Sheriff)
Booking photo of man who claimed identity of Charley Saturmin Robinet (Ventura County Sheriff)

A homeless ex-convict who was killed by Los Angeles police was wanted for violating probation in a bank robbery case, a U.S. marshal said Tuesday.

The federal warrant was issued Jan. 9 for Charley Saturmin Robinet after he didn’t provide monthly reports to a probation officer in November, December and January, Deputy U.S. Marshal Matthew Cordova said.

A law enforcement official identified Robinet, 39, as the man police killed Sunday on Skid Row. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and talked to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

French authorities came forward late Tuesday and said Robinet is a law-abiding citizen who is "alive and well in France." The man killed during an altercation with police had stolen Robinet's identity and used it to acquire a French passport to come to the United States in the late 1990s, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Axel Cruau, the French consul general in Los Angeles, said the identity theft was discovered after the man was convicted of the bank robbery and officials began preparing the paperwork to deport him, thinking he was a French citizen. French officials notified their U.S. counterparts when they realized the man was not the real Robinet but did not know what happened after that.

On Wednesday, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the man was actually from Cameroon, the francophone nation in Central Africa.

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kevCopAz @ 3/6/2015 5:21 PM

No, No NO… I'm sure that he was a law abiding "immigrant" who wanted to better his life, just like the other 5-7 MILLION that OBAMA just let stay with his most recent "Presidential Edict". This guy probably would have qualified….JOKE, who in their right mind could want to work INS NOW?? I pity the poor folks, they are not even close to Law Enforcement or protecting American Citizens (thru no fault of this own) they are more like travel agents for the illegal and the criminal and the dead beats from around the world helping them to stay here and tear down our society. Poor folks, if any of you can, get a real Law Enforcement job where you protect US and not help THEM!

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