BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (WOOD) — The FBI is adding a Berrien County fugitive to the bureau’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.
Antwan “Tank” Mims, 40, is the main suspect in the deadly Benton Harbor shootings of 22-year-old Cortez Miller and 29-year-old Michael Johnson.
He is described by authorities to be around 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and weigh between 210 pounds and 265 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Mims has tattoos on both hands and forearms as well as his upper right arm.
Mims, who is a known member of the Gangster Disciples street gang, should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. He has family and ties in Michigan, Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois and Ohio.
Mims is accused of killing Miller and Johnson at a Benton Harbor house party on March 25 in front of about 100 people. Investigators believe Mims walked up to the victims as they stood in the front yard and shot them. As the victims were lying on the ground, it’s alleged he shot Miller in the back of the head and Johnson in the face, then walked away.
“Mims has remained in hiding and we need the public’s assistance in finding this violent fugitive and menace to society,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent Jeffrey Downey.
This isn’t the first brush with the law for Mims. He was charged in 2005 for killing three people during a home invasion, but those charges were dropped because there wasn’t enough evidence, according to Berrien County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sepic.
“We would have to reconsider (charges),” Sepic said. “That can be reconsidered. We have no decision on that at this time, however.”
For family of the two victims, justice can’t come fast enough.
“It’s got to come to an end,” said Cortez Miller’s father, Brian. “It can only be resolved. You know what I’m saying — please step up. It don’t make you a snitch, you know, trying to help. Solve something that needs to be solved. Look at it as if it was one of yours.”
The FBI dropped William Bishop from its most wanted list to make room for Mims. Bishop is wanted for allegedly murdering his wife and kids in 1976.
An agent told 24 Hour News 8 Bishop isn’t generating enough leads and is not a clear and present danger to society like Mims.
“Mr. Mims can run and he can hide, but together, we will find him and bring him to justice,” said Andrew Birge, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan.
Mims faces charges in Michigan which include two counts of first-degree premeditated murder, possession of firearm by a felon and two counts of weapons felony firearms. A federal arrest warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution has also been issued.
The FBI said Mims is the 519th person to be added to the bureau’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list. Since the list was created in 1950, 484 fugitives have been arrested or located.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call the FBI tip line at 1.800.225.5324 or submit information online.