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“Deprived victims of their civil rights,” Columbus cop facing life sentence

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A CPD vice officer has been accused of committing serious criminal acts while on duty according to a report from NBC4i.

Columbus Vice Detective Andrew Mitchell is accused of kidnapping women under the guise of arrest, forcing them to engage in sex acts in exchange for their freedom.

The charges Mitchell faces also include obstruction of justice, lying to the FBI, and tampering with witnesses.

An indictment, which was unsealed at Mitchell’s court appearance on March 11, alleges Mitchell, “while acting under the color of the law, deprived victims of their civil rights, namely, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.”

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The indictment outlines three separate incidents involving two women, in which Mitchell is accused of taking the women to separate locations and forcing them to engage in sex acts before being released.

A 31-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police, Mitchell had been a part of the Vice Unit since March of 2017. His duties in that role involving the policing of prostitution are believed to have brought him in contact with his alleged victims.

Mitchell made headlines in 2018 when he fatally shot 23-year-old Donna Castleberry on August 23 after she stabbed him in the hand while sitting in his unmarked police car.

According to CPD, Mitchell was already under investigation for alleged criminal misconduct before prior to the fatal shooting and was suspended from duty with pay in October of 2018.

If convicted on these new charges, Mitchell could face a sentence of life in prison.

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Columbus firefighter on leave after attempting sexual conduct with teen

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A Columbus firefighter is being charged with attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

According to court documents per 10TV, 54-year-old Walter Lash is on leave without pay following conduct involving a 15-year-old girl on Feb. 26.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin released a statement to 10TV on the charge:

“We have been aware of the charges against Lash. This is devastating to the division and is in no way representative of the values that define us as public servants. Lash will be afforded due process in court as anyone would be and then will face appropriate actions by the division of fire.”

Lash being held at the Franklin County Jail, and is due to be arraigned on Thursday.

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2 former OSU football players facing rape, kidnapping charges

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Two Ohio State University football players have been arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping.

Amir I. Riep, 21, and Jahsen L. Wint, 21, were charged late Tuesday by Columbus police and are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in Franklin County Municipal Court, reports Columbus Dispatch.

The incident is alleged to have occurred the evening of Feb. 4 at the apartment Riep and Wint share on Sawmill Place Boulevard.

The two men have been dismissed from the Ohio State football team.

To read more from the affidavit filed by Columbus police about the alleged incident, visit The Dispatch.

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Police investigating Short North shooting, 2nd in 3 days

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Police are investigating a shooting in the Short North, the second in the area in just three days.

According to 10TV, two men got into an argument with two other men just after 3am this morning in the 700 block of North High St. One of the men walked back to a vehicle to get a handgun and fired eight shots.

One man was shot in the back, and another man was cut on the ear by a knife.

A witness told police the suspects left the scene in a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck.

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On Friday, a bystander was shot in the face by a stray bullet outside Monarch Lounge located at 700 North High St.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call police at 614-645-4141 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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