Lawton Man Arrested For Kidnapping, Sexual Assault, Robbery

A Lawton man is locked up in the Van Buren County Jail on several charges including kidnapping, sexual assault, and armed robbery. The sheriff’s office says deputies arrested Jimmy Mitchell Tuesday night after a woman says he asked for a ride home from Main Street Laundromat in Lawton. The young woman told police he held her at knifepoint once in the vehicle, forcing her to drive to a secluded cornfield nearby where he physically and sexually assaulted her. She was then forced by Mitchell to drive him to Paw Paw. Once there, she says he robbed her and got out of the vehicle. Mitchell was found near where he’d last been seen, with a Michigan State Police K9 tracking him down. The victim was treated and released from Bronson Lakeview Hospital.