Clearwater man accused of having guns on Capitol grounds
A Clearwater man is under arrest after police say he brought unregistered guns and ammunition onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.
Officers confronted 59-year-old Ty Carroll Mitchum outside the Capitol building on Sunday because they thought he was acting suspiciously, according to U.S. Capitol Police spokesman Shennell Antrobus.
Mitchum told police he had guns in his car and allowed officers to search his vehicle, Antrobus said. Police say they found three unregistered firearms, which are illegal in the District of Columbia, and ammunition. He does not have a concealed weapons permit, according to a records check.
Mitchum was arrested on charges of possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device.
Those who know Mitchum say he likely wasn't plotting anything violent.
“He wasn't going to do anything,” said his ex-wife Janice Mitchum. “He's not a violent person.”
Ronald Rowand lived next to the Mitchums at the Eagles Landing condominium complex in Clearwater before they divorced.
He described the couple as extremely good neighbors who would keep an eye on his place when he was out of town.
Rowand said Ty Mitchum used to serve on the board of the condominium association, once did air-conditioning work and is a distant relative of the actor Robert Mitchum, with the same cleft in his chin.
Mitchum could not be reached for comment.
Tribune reporter Stephen Thompson contributed to this report.