Suspect wanted for kidnapping, ransom of man in St. Louis and Illinois

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Ortega R MitchellST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The FBI has announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the capture of a suspect wanted in a kidnapping conspiracy that took place in St. Louis and Illinois.

According to court documents, Ortega Mitchell, 26, allegedly conspired with two other men to kidnap and hold a California man for ransom in September 2015. The indictment says Mitchell, also known as “Munk Milano,” purchased airline tickets and convinced the victim to travel from San Diego to St. Louis in order to conduct a drug deal.

Upon arrival to St. Louis, he was taken to two different houses over a course of several days. He was threatened, robbed and held for ransom. The FBI believes one of those houses was located in the 600 block of Jefferson Street in Venice, Illinois.

The victim was later released in south St. Louis near Hampton and Columbia, without a ransom payment.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Damarcus Boyd, 30, was arrested on November 20th and Darius Rose, 30, was arrested on November 25th. All three men face charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to kidnap and two gun charges.

Mitchell’s last known address is in Venice. He has associates in St. Louis and relatives in East St. Louis and Edwardsville.

He was last seen driving a blue 2007 Audi Q7 SUV.

Mitchell is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information please contact the FBI at 314-589-2500.