FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A man faces several charges after police say they found nine underage girls inside his home along with drugs and shotguns.
Court documents show several calls and tips to police regarding a home in the 8500 block of Hessen Cassel Rd.
According to court documents, police received a tip in May of 2018 that 34-year-old Brandon Mitchell, the owner of the home, had several guns and multiple pounds of marijuana inside. Officers say they were called to the home three other times in 2018 for various reasons, noting a strong odor of marijuana coming from the house.
Then on July 17, 2019, police say they received a tip from a Street Department employee who said he saw a group of girls pulling another girl out of the house. When officers arrived, they said the girl had a strong odor of marijuana on her and appeared to be on narcotics.
The documents go on to say the girl then told police that Mitchell is running a prostitution ring out of his home.
Police say they returned on July 25, and one of the girl’s mothers told police their teen daughters did not return home the other night and found them at Mitchell’s home. During a police interview, both of the girls were allegedly very vague and appeared to be protecting Mitchell. They also would not tell police who was inside the home.
On August 8, officers say they returned to the home with a search warrant. Police say they found 14 people inside the home, two men and 12 girls. Police say nine of the girls were under 18, with the youngest being just 14. Also inside, officers found four bags of a “green plant material”, an AR pistol, shotgun shells, and a shotgun.
Several of the teens allegedly admitted that Mitchell gave them free alcohol and marijuana.
Mitchell faces preliminary charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, dealing in marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.