The San Diego rap artist known as "Mitchy Slick" was taken into custody on a variety of felonies including the kidnap of a woman who was staying in a Marin County home, after a judge issued a $1.5 million warrant for his arrest.
A spokeswoman for the Marin County Jail on Thursday said that Charles LaSean Mitchell, professionally known as "Mitchy Slick," was being held on kidnapping, human trafficking, pimping, pandering and porn charges. She said he was also booked on charges of being in a criminal street gang, exhibiting a firearm and making terrorist threats.
He self-surrendered on Tuesday, according to Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman.
"We can't disclose too much more because there is a major safety concern for the victim," Pittman said on Thursday. "There's a lot of sensitivity about this case."
Marin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden said on Thursday that Mitchell had not been formally arraigned and the "case is under review," meaning that prosecutors are looking over police reports to determine what, if any, charges would be filed.
Reaching Mitchell's defense attorney was not immediately successful. Borden said he did not know who was representing the rapper.
Pittman said the 40-year-old is suspected of being an active member of the Lincoln Park Bloods gang in San Diego. The gang, Pittman said, has a history of drugs and weapons violations, pimping, as well as assaulting and trying to kill police officers.
Armed with a search warrant for his arrest, Pittman said that a special response team went to an Oak Knoll Drive address in a neighborhood called "Sleepy Hollow" on Aug. 22, looking for Mitchell. But he wasn't there. And authorities had been looking for him, until he decided to turn himself in.
Pittman said Mitchell took the woman from Southern California and allegedly held her captive in San Anselmo, a small town about 20 miles north of San Francisco. But Pittman would not release the age of the woman, her connection to the rapper, the length of time she was allegedly held or how investigators became aware of the alleged kidnapping.
Pittman also added that "how Mitchell is associated with the Sleepy Hollow residence or its legal owners" is still under investigation."
Former SoundDiego blogger Quan Vu called Slick the "San Diego rap godfather" and wrote in San Diego City Beat that the city's "most famous rap export" had a gang injunction issued against him in 1999 by the San Diego City Attorney’s office.
Slick release a self-titled debut in 2001, then began an eight-year hiatus from solo projects in 2005. He was still creating music during that period, however, including the album "Stereotype," by his group Strong Arm Steady, which came out in 2011. Last year, Slick ended the drought, dropping multiple releases, including "Feet Match the Paint" and "Won't Stop," which was originally titled "Won't Stop Being a Blood." He has been nominated for a 2014 San Diego Music Awards as Best Hip-Hop Artist and for Best Hip-Hop Album, for "Call of Duty (South East Edition)," and its songs like "Coulda Been You" and "Get Away" that reflect his gangster roots and stories of urban survival.