The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for a man wanted on kidnapping charges whose last known address is in Venice.
Ortega Mitchell, who is also known as “Munk Milano” has been charged with conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and two gun charges, the FBI’s St. Louis Division said.
Mitchell, 26, along with two other people, conspired to kidnap a California man for ransom in September, according to the FBI. Mitchell bought airline tickets and convinced the man to travel from San Diego to St. Louis to conduct a drug deal.
When the man arrived in St. Louis, he was taken to two houses over several days, and was threatened, robbed and held for ransom, the FBI said.
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The FBI said it believes one of the houses, in the 600 block of Jefferson Street in Venice, is now unoccupied.
The victim was eventually released in St. Louis without ransom payment, law enforcement said.
Mitchell’s last known address is in Venice, but he has associates in St. Louis and relatives in Edwardsville and East St. Louis, the FBI said.
He was last seen driving a blue 2007 Audi Q7 SUV, and is considered armed and dangerous.
Mitchell is the only fugitive in this case, the FBI said.
Anyone with information about Mitchell can call the FBI at 314-589-2500.