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March 12, 2014

Suspected killer caught

Mims arrested Tuesday night, held in Whitfield County jail

Two days after authorities said she allegedly killed a convenience store clerk just outside of Dalton, Skyy Raven-Marie Mims was arrested in Bartow County and booked into the Whitfield County jail where she is being held without bond.

Officials said the woman investigators believe killed Dahyabhai Kalidas Chaudmari, 37, a clerk at the Hi-Tech Fuel gas station at 3385 Airport Road, late Sunday night, tried to run before they were able to capture her “quickly” at a residence on Southmont Drive in Bartow County on Tuesday at about 5:30 p.m.

Capt. Rick Swiney with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office said Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials received information Tuesday that Mims was staying at the residence, so they contacted the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and had the service and Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force begin surveillance. Details on who Mims was staying with and why weren’t immediately released.

At about 5:30 p.m., officers “detected some movement” in the home and went inside, Swiney said.

“The suspect attempted to flee from the officers but was quickly taken into custody,” Swiney said in a news release.

Ron Williamson, a manager for Hi-Tech Fuel who had high praise for Chaudmari, said he was “so glad” to hear Mims had been captured. He said Chaudmari was friendly and always smiling.

“Thank God that they caught her ... ” Williamson said. “Of course, the justice system will take care of the rest of it.”

Officials have said Mims fled from Hi-Tech Fuel Sunday night with stolen lottery tickets and money from the cash register after allegedly killing Chaudmari, who was originally from India, with what is believed to be a knife.

Swiney said sheriff’s office investigators used a search warrant for the residence where Mims was staying in Bartow County and brought back a Kia Soul that Mims had been traveling in that had been reported stolen in Michigan.

U.S. Marshals spokesman Gavin Duffy said the arrest was the result of “solid police work.” Authorities had expanded their search to Atlanta and Michigan. Mims’ last known address was in Detroit.

GBI Special Agent In Charge Greg Ramey referred questions about Mims’ arrest to the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office but said no one was hurt during the arrest.

Ramey said in an earlier interview authorities were still investigating whether Mims and the store clerk knew one another, and, if so, what their connection was.

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