Image from Anthony Blackburn's video on Facebook.
Image from Anthony Blackburn’s video on Facebook.
Image from Anthony Blackburn’s video on Facebook.

The background of the man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police on Skid Row got a little more mysterious Tuesday.

Authorities have not released the man’s name, but the Los Angeles Times identified him as 39-year-old Charley Saturmin Robinet, and initially labeled him a French national.

Robinet was convicted in March 2000 of bank robbery stemming from a heist at a Wells Fargo bank branch in Thousand Oaks, according to federal court records.

The man was apparently released from prison in May after serving about 15 years.

An official with the U.S. Marshal’s Service told ABC7, however, there was a warrant out for his arrest for violating his probation.

Late today, however, The Times reported that the man identified as Robinet was not actually a French citizen, but had stolen another man’s identity to obtain a French passport in the 1990s to enter the United States.

Axel Cruau, the French consul general in Los Angeles, told The Times the real Charley Saturmin Robinet “is alive and in France,” according to a story posted on the paper’s website.

Cruau said French authorities notified U.S. law enforcement officials — who were preparing to deport him in 2000 — that Robinet was not the man’s real name.

He said he did not know what became of the man after that.

City News Service

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