published Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

UPDATE: Dalton slaying suspect Skyy Mims captured

Victim's information released in Kanku's homicide

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    A Whitfield County sheriff's vehicle is parked in front of a Kanku's Express on Monday after a kiling at the gas station in Dalton, Ga.
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The U.S. Marshals Service arrested 21-year-old Skyy Raven Marie Mims in Bartow County, Ga., Tuesday in the Sunday slaying of a Dalton gas station attendant.

Mims was brought to Whitfield County and was being held without bond Tuesday night on murder charges, according to a release from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

The GBI received information that Mims was staying at a residence in Bartow County and provided the U.S. Marshals with the location.

Just after 5:30 p.m. officers detected movement in the home and entered. They located Mims, who attempted to flee but was taken into custody.

A team of investigators from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office searched the residence for evidence Tuesday, and a vehicle the suspect has been traveling in was recovered. The Kia Soul SUV had been reported stolen in Michigan.

Stay with the Times Free Press for more information as it becomes available.


PREVIOUS STORY:

The 21-year-old suspect in a homicide at a North Georgia gas station is an aspiring model and singer.

Authorities say Skyy Raven Marie Mims killed a clerk at the Kanku’s in Dalton on Sunday night.

Just hours after the killing, Mims updated her Twitter and Facebook pages with a one word status: knowledge.

Mims is from Detroit but is believed to be in Atlanta.

A post on her Facebook page March 7 indicated she was heading to Atlanta to audition for the ‘Stay Healthy Tour.’

Mims’ personal website tagline reads "God is love"

Her site describes her as a rapper, songwriter, producer, model, artist, lover and motivator.

The page reads, “she is keeping her head high on life’s journey that God has paved. Yes she is saved, and saved because she refuses to worship money and become another slave.”

Mims is accused of robbing the Dalton convenience store for cash and lottery tickets.


The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office has released information about the victim in Sunday night's convenience store murder.

The man who died Sunday night has been identified as 37-year-old Dahyabhai Kalidas Chaudmari. According to a news release, Chaudmari is from India. The release does not say when he came to the United States.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office and the GBI have obtained an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Skyy Raven Marie Mims. She is from Detroit but is believed to be in Atlanta.


Previous story:

A Dalton, Ga., gas station clerk died a bloody death around midnight Sunday when he was attacked from behind by a robber who left with cash and scratch-off lottery tickets.

The fatal attack -- possibly a stabbing, though officials weren't saying at press time -- was so swift and quiet that a handful of customers inside didn't notice.

"One [customer] left the money on the cash register and walked out," said Ron Williamson, a manager for Birva Inc., the Dalton-based company that owns the gas station where the killing occurred.

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    Store photograph of suspect involved in store robbery at Kanku's Express in Whitfield County, Ga.
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The suspect in the Dalton gas station stabbing has been identified and arrest warrants have been issued for Skyy Mims, 21, for murder and armed robbery. Her last known address is Detroit, Mich. The subject should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone having contact with Mims is requested to contact law enforcement immediately. It is unknown if the suspect is still in the Dalton-Whitfield County area.

The attack took place at the deli at the gas station's front counter. The clerk had come out from behind the counter for some reason, said Williamson, the manager. The county 911 center got a call at 11:59 p.m. Sunday from a customer who went into the gas station and found the clerk lying on the floor, a sheriff's news release stated. Investigators from the sheriff's office took the store's surveillance video for review.

Williamson identified the clerk by his nickname, "Dicky." About 36 years old, he had worked for only a few weeks at the gas station, Hi-Tech Fuel, formerly Kanku's Express, at 3385 Airport Road.

Dicky was from Gujarat, India, a prosperous state of about 60 million people known for its entrepreneurship.

His smile was something that Williamson remembered. Dicky didn't have any enemies, he said.

"He was super, super nice. Always smiling," Williamson said.

The robber grabbed the clerk by the mouth from behind and struck him repeatedly, likely with a knife, Williamson said.

"There was definitely enough blood [for the clerk] to be stabbed," Williamson said. "Whoever this was, he was intent on killing him to start with."

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