A San Diego rap artist who was arrested this week after a $1.5 million warrant accused him of kidnapping, human trafficking and porn was released from the Marin County Jail.
A jail spokeswoman told NBC Bay Area on Friday that Charles LaSean Mitchell, professionally known as "Mitchy Slick," was set free about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. No charges are pending against him at this time.
AT 12:30 a.m., the rapper, who has more than 19,000 followers, tweeted: "If u thought I kidnapped and held somebody captive u dumb as f---!" and he later thanked "all the supporter's (sic) that have prayed for me." On Friday morning, a picture of Mitchell sitting in a red car in front of a Bad Boys Jail Bonds storefront was posted on his Facebook fan page.
Thanks to all the supporter's that have prayed for me.It's hard being a Known representative of south east SD in our town.love y'all. — IG:OGMITCHYSLICK (@MITCHYSLICK) September 5, 2014
Mitchell did not respond immediately for a comment through Twitter. But his Hayward-based lawyer, Fred Remer, called NBC Bay Area to say that his client is being "falsely accused" in a "character assassination."
Marin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden on Friday said the case is "under active review," but he would not elaborate on whether he plans to charge Mitchell in the future.
There is still an air of mystery to the case.
That's because Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said there is a "major safety concern for the victim." He said that a judge issued the arrest warrant for Mitchell after police said the rapper allegedly abducted a woman from Southern California, allegedly holding her captive in San Anselmo, a small town about 20 miles north of San Francisco. 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." Remer, however, told NBC Bay Area that Mitchell rents the home, and it's been empty for about a month.
Pittman also said the 40-year-old rapper 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. Remer countered that Mitchell has no known felony criminal history "that I know of."
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 on Tuesday.
What exactly prompted deputies to search the home, and why Mitchell self-surrendered hasn't been fully spelled out.
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.