Brazen Antwan Mims pulled the corny dance move as he was escorted from a plane to an SUV by law enforcement officials at Southwest Michigan Regional Airport on 14 August.
Mims is a violent Michigan gang member charged with murdering two men in front of dozens of witnesses. He is a convicted felon and known member of the Gangster Disciples gang. He is wanted in connection with the killings that occurred at a house party on March 25, 2018, in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Investigators believe that Mims emerged from the house shortly after midnight and saw two men he believed had wronged his gang on a drug deal. He produced a gun and fired from the front door, hitting both men, who fell to the ground. Then, “very calmly,” said Special Agent Jeff Brown, who is investigating the case from the FBI’s Detroit Division, “he walked up to the victims and put a bullet into their heads.”
After the killing, bystanders told police that Mims “walked away as if nothing had happened,” Brown said. The killer’s apparent arrogance—gunning down the men in front of so many witnesses—came from the fact that he was an intimidating figure in the community and believed no one would talk to authorities for fear of violent reprisals.
Brown noted that Benton Harbor, with a population of about 10,000, is the third most violent city per capita in Michigan. “It’s a small city with a pretty significant crime rate,” he said. “There are a lot of drug and gang cases.”
Mims—with prior felony convictions ranging from drug possession to assault with a deadly weapon to being a habitual offender—was well known to local law enforcement and the community as a violent gang member. “Many people we talked to are scared of him,” Brown said.