A San Diego rap artist who was arrested this week after a $1.5 million warrant was issued -- in which he was accused of kidnapping, human trafficking and porn -- has been released from the Marin County Jail.
A jail spokeswoman told NBC Bay Area on Friday that Charles LaSean Mitchell, professionally known as Mitchy Slick, was set free about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. No charges are pending against him at this time.
At about midnight, the rapper, who has more than 19,000 followers, tweeted: "If u thought I kidnapped and held somebody captive u dumb as [f---]!" On Friday morning, a picture of Slick sitting in a red car in front of a Bad Boys Jail Bonds storefront was posted on his Facebook fan page.
Slick did not respond immediately to NBC Bay Area when asked for a comment through Twitter. A spokesman for the president of Wrongkind Records, which appears to be Slick's music representative, did not respond for comment, either.
A Hayward, California-based lawyer, Fred Remer, called NBC Bay Area on Friday, saying that his client Slick was "falsely accused" in a "character assassination." The attorney added that Slick had no known felony criminal history "that I know of."
Marin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden on Friday said the case is "under active review" but he would not elaborate on whether he plans to charge Slick in the future.
There is still an air of mystery to the case.
That's because Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said there is a "major safety concern for the victim." He said a judge issued the arrest warrant for Slick after police said he abducted a woman from Southern California, allegedly holding her captive in San Anselmo, a small town about 20 miles north of San Francisco. Pittman would not release the age of the woman, her connection to the rapper, the length of time she was allegedly held, nor how investigators became aware of the alleged kidnapping.
Pittman also added that "how Mitchell is associated with the Sleepy Hollow residence or its legal owners" is still under investigation. Remer told NBC Bay Area that Slick was renting the San Anselmo house but hadn’t been there in a month.
Pittman said the 40-year-old rapper is suspected of being an active member of the Lincoln Park Bloods gang in San Diego. The gang, Pittman said, has a history of drugs and weapons violations and pimping, as well as assaulting and trying to kill police officers.
Armed with a search warrant for his arrest, Pittman said a special response team went to an Oak Knoll Drive address in a neighborhood called Sleepy Hollow on Aug. 22, looking for Slick, who wasn't there. Authorities were looking for him until he decided to turn himself in on Tuesday.
What exactly prompted deputies to search the home, and why Slick self-surrendered hasn't been fully spelled out.
Former SoundDiego blogger Quan Vu called Slick the "San Diego rap godfather" and wrote in San Diego City Beat that the city's "most famous rap export" had a gang injunction issued against him in 1999 by the San Diego City Attorney’s office.
Slick release a self-titled debut in 2001, then began an eight-year hiatus from solo projects in 2005. He was still creating music during that period, however, including the album "Stereotype," by his group Strong Arm Steady, which came out in 2011. Last year, Slick ended the drought, dropping multiple releases, including "Feet Match the Paint" and "Won't Stop," which was originally titled "Won't Stop Being a Blood." He has been nominated for a 2014 San Diego Music Awards as Best Hip-Hop Artist and for Best Hip-Hop Album, for "Call of Duty (South East Edition)," and its songs like "Coulda Been You" and "Get Away" that reflect his gangster roots and stories of urban survival.