Shooting suspect leaves tether on, makes it easy for Detroit cops to catch him

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Detroit – — Doyle Mims cut off his tether when he wasn’t supposed to, and then left it on after it was scheduled to be removed, which made it easy for police to catch him after he allegedly shot a man on the city’s northwest side.

Mims, 20, was on a tether for an undisclosed crime when, on July 24, he cut off the device, court records show. After he was captured by police, he was fitted with a second tether while awaiting trial on charges of malicious destruction of property and escaping from lawful custody.

Mims entered into a plea deal for a lesser misdemeanor charge, and was released Friday by Wayne Circuit Judge David Groner.

“Despite having been released from tether monitoring and placed on probation ... the suspect continued to wear the tether,” Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said in a written release. “Sheriff’s officers contacted the man to come in and have the device removed, but he never showed up.”

Then, on Tuesday, he allegedly was a passenger in a car on Outer Drive near Westbrook when he shot the driver in the head, causing the vehicle to careen off the road and slam into the tree. Mims escaped the car and fled the scene, police said.

“(Mims) was still wearing the tether when he was tracked at a house in the 14000 block of Rutheford,” Detroit Police Officer Adam Madera said. Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies assisted with the arrest.

Data from the tether also placed him in the area of the shooting when it occurred, Napoleon said.

It’s unclear what Mims’ original conviction was that necessitated him wearing a tether — had he been charged under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which police officials said is likely, given his age, that charge would not be made public.

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