FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Antwan Tamon Mims was arrested without incident on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, as a result of a well-coordinated fugitive investigation that spanned across federal, state, and local law enforcement, announced special agent in charge Timothy R. Slater of the FBI Detroit Field Office.
Mr. Slater was joined by the following law enforcement agency executives in making the announcement:
- Director of the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety Daniel E. McGinnis, Jr.
- Commander of the Michigan State Police, Fifth District, Captain Kyle Bowman
- Berrien County Sheriff L. Paul Bailey
- Berrien County Prosecutor Michael J. Sepic
- U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Andrew B. Birge; and
- Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge Ricardo Grave de Peralta of the FBI Atlanta Field Office
Mims was arrested shortly after 4:00 p.m. at a residence in College Park, Georgia, by FBI agents and FBI Atlanta Metro Major Offenders Task Force (AMMO).
Mims was wanted for the March 25, 2018 murders of Cortez Lamont Miller and Michael Canthrell Johnson while they were attending a house party on Lavette Street in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
(Learn More. Antwan Tamon Mims, a Michigan gang member is charged with murdering two men in front of dozens of witnesses in March 2018, is the newest addition to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Courtesy of the FBI and YouTube. Posted on Jun 28, 2018.)
A state arrest warrant was obtained on March 27, 2018, charging Mims with two counts of first-degree premeditated murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and two felony weapons counts.
On May 2, 2018, the Detroit FBI’s St. Joseph Resident Agency Safe Streets Task Force obtained a federal arrest warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
The investigation into the murders of Miller and Johnson is being led by the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police Major Crimes Unit; the FBI Benton Harbor Safe Streets Task Force assisted with the murder investigation and led the federal unlawful flight to avoid prosecution case regarding Mims.
The FBI Benton Harbor Safe Streets Task Force is composed of special agents and law enforcement officers from the following agencies:
- The FBI St. Joseph Resident Agency
- The Michigan State Police
- The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department
- The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department
- The Cass County Sheriff’s Department
- The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety
- The Benton Township Police Department
- The St. Joseph Department of Public Safety
- The St. Joseph Township Police Department
- The Pokagon Tribal Police Department
- The South Haven Police Department, and
- The Niles Police Department
“When a wanted felon like Mims is placed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List, his world becomes smaller as that bright spotlight is shined upon him,” said FBI Detroit Special Agent in Charge Timothy R. Slater.
“Couple that with determined federal, state, and local investigators, his life on the run ends with him in handcuffs.”
“We can only hope this arrest brings some level of closure to Cortez and Michael’s families.”