COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Of 14 listings on the Franklin County Auditor’s website, detailing investment properties owned by former Columbus Police Vice Officer Andrew Mitchell, the FBI descended upon at least one of them located in Linden. Federal agents executed 5 search warrants Tuesday in the 1900 block of Denune Avenue.
Residents say a battering ram banging against an apartment door woke some of them up at 5:30 am. Federal investigators searched through 3 apartments, a storage area in the basement of one of the multi-unit apartment buildings and a white storage trailer parked onsite.
Investigators tell NBC4 evidence removed includes photos of at least one of Mitchell’s tenants in a compromising position, couch cushions, multiple garbage bags full of items, some rent money collected by a property manager who works for Mitchell, that woman’s cell phone and evidence collected from a tanning bed.
Sources say that evidence will be presented to a Federal Grand Jury Thursday as prosecutors hope to file additional charges against Mitchell, who is already in federal custody awaiting the start of his federal case. Mitchell is accused of forcing 2 women to have sex with him or face prostitution charges. In that same federal case, he faces charges of witness tampering and lying to federal investigators when he told them he’d never had sex with prostitutes. Mitchell also faces unrelated charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the August 2018 shooting death of 23-year-old Donna Castleberry.
From the start, Mitchell’s lawyer Mark Collins has said his client is not guilty on all charges.