Man Wanted For Check Scam, Identity Theft

Police need the public's help in locating an alleged fugitive wanted for fraud.

Jaylen Mitchell, also known as Jaylen Ross or Ross Mafioso, is allegedly involved in a check scam.

Police say the scam works like this: Mitchell will befriend someone, then confide in the person that he has a check from selling a vehicle that he needs to deposit--but he does not have an ID card or bank account. The victim, police say, will deposit the check for Mitchell and make withdrawals from the bank over a several-day period, until the bank realizes the check is invalid. Mitchell's new "friend" then becomes responsible for paying back the bank.

Mitchell is wanted on several felony charges, including identity theft, forgery, fraud by check and theft. Police have obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Mitchell is described as a black male, 5-foot-11 and thin, with black hair and brown eyes. Police say he is known to frequent the area of Fountain and Chelton.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call police at 444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP immediately.