Porn heiress busted on federal identity theft charges

Jasmine Mitchell, the 33-year-old daughter of slain porn mogul Artie Mitchell, was arrested on charges of identity theft.Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Jasmine Mitchell, the 33-year-old daughter of slain porn mogul Artie Mitchell, was arrested on charges of identity theft.

The high-rolling daughter of a slain porn king has been busted in a major identity theft ring in California.

Jasmine Mitchell, 33, was carrying methamphetamines, fake credit cards and cash when detectives wrestled her into handcuffs on Thursday outside a swanky Bay Area resort, ending a high-profile manhunt, authorities said.

Mitchell had been on the run for nine days, allegedly ramming a police car with her Mercedes on April 29 as she escaped a warrant squad at her apartment in San Pablo.

“I think she would do anything at any cost to get away,” Sonoma County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Raasch told KTVU.

Mitchell is the daughter of Artie Mitchell, a pioneering porn producer gunned down in 1991 by his brother and business partner, Jim Mitchell.

The Mitchell brothers produced one of the first feature-length skin flicks, “Behind the Green Door,” on their way to building a troubled empire darkened by a legacy of crime and violence.

Jim’s son, James Mitchell, beat the mother of his daughter to death with a baseball bat in 2009.

Jasmine Mitchell was wanted by the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security as part of a wide-ranging identity theft case when Sonoma detectives raided an apartment where she and an associate, 34-year-old Roy Kim, were staying.

Artie Mitchell (l.) and his brother Jim Mitchell pose in 1989 at O'Farrell Theatre in San Francisco.AP Artie Mitchell (l.) and his brother Jim Mitchell pose in 1989 at O’Farrell Theatre in San Francisco.

Mitchell made a furious escape when she saw them coming. She slammed into an unmarked car and then a parked vehicle as she beat it out of the complex, authorities said.

Inside the apartment, detectives found the trappings of a “large-scale clandestine identity theft/credit card operation,” authorities said.

They busted Kim, who was also wanted on a parole violation and a burglary warrant, nearby in a taxi cab.

Mitchell, investigators believe, hid out in high-class hotels under assumed names as she made arrangements to flee the country.

Detectives scoured luxury lodgings before they tracked her to the stylish Tiburon Lodge on Thursday.

Mitchell struggled briefly with detectives before she was taken into custody and handed over to the Secret Service, authorities said.

Mitchell’s earlier police-car-ramming antics will likely lead to additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, authorities said.

dmmurphy@nydailynews.com

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