Man wanted for St. Louis area kidnapping, ransom captured in Swansea

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The FBI announced its capture of Ortega Mitchell, 26, a fugitive in a kidnapping conspiracy that took place last fall in St. Louis and Illinois.

With assistance from Swansea Police, Illinois State Police, Belleville Police and Fairview Heights Police, Mitchell was arrested without incident on June 14th at a residence in Swansea, Illinois.

The FBI offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Court documents say Mitchell 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.

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.

The FBI will pay out the $5,000 reward for the information that led to Mitchell’s capture.