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By Jim Schoettler
The Times-Union

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man who police say claims to be a 225-year-old vampire is being held in a Virginia jail, charged with sexually battering a young Jacksonville girl in May and two other young girls he was living with at the time of his arrest last week.
A picture police took of Jeffrey Michael Mitchell, 30, after his arrest at a Virginia Beach apartment shows the caps police said he wore on his teeth as makeshift fangs. According to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service, investigators learned that Mitchell always wore long black clothing "and he believed that he was actually a vampire."
"Mitchell was so consumed with this belief; he even capped his teeth so that he would appear as a vampire and referred to himself as 'Draven,'" the press release said.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Sherri Annan, who was involved in the arrest, said Mitchell claims to be a 225-year-old vampire.
Mitchell was arrested last week after the U.S. Marshals Service in Jacksonville learned he had possibly moved to Virginia and contacted their counterparts in that area. Marshals and officers with the Virginia Beach Police Department conducted surveillance on an apartment where they believed Mitchell was living and arrested him without incident.
"I would say he was surprised to see us," said Annan, of the agency's Eastern District office in Norfolk.
The search began after Jacksonville police contacted federal agents for help in the local case. A police report said that the 4-year-old girl's mother told police her daughter was attacked while with a babysitter. The report said that a man identified as "Draven," whose description included having vampire teeth caps, attacked the young girl while visiting the unidentified babysitter.
A warrant charging Mitchell with sexual battery was issued in that case.
Authorities learned Mitchell had moved to Virginia Beach with a girlfriend and the woman of the two other girls about a month ago, Annan said. After Mitchell's arrest, police developed information that led them to charge him with attacking the two girls, ages 5 and 9, in Virginia.
Police said the girls' mother was unaware of the attacks and was not charged.
Mitchell is being held in the Virginia Beach City Jail without bail pending a Sept. 2 court appearance. He is charged there with nine sex crimes, including inanimate object penetration, oral sodomy and aggravated sexual battery.
Authorities said they are unsure if there are any other victims. Mitchell has prior arrests for theft and drug possession.
"We were definitely pleased to get him off the street," Annan said.
Anyone with more information about Mitchell is asked to call Jacksonville police at (904) 630-0500.

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