Thursday, June 20, 2013
A suspect is in custody as Arkansas City police officers investigate the rape of a teenage girl.
Wednesday morning, a 15-year-old girl reported being raped, and officers were able to identify a potential suspect. Police were unable to find the man, and believed he was in hiding.
Around 11 p.m. last night, the man walked into the police station and surrendered. Charles Michael Mills, 40, was arrested and booked for rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. He's being held on a $15,000 bond.
Police are still investigating and formal charges have not yet been filed.
Ark City Police Chief Sean Wallace said officers were able to keep tabs on Mills by accessing his cell phone records. Mills had fled his home after a guardian of the girl had said she was going to call police.
"This concerned us that he was moving at one point from our city to south of Argonia that possibly he was considering leaving our jurisduiction," Wallace said. "But he apparently thought about it and came back and turned himself in later that night."
Sources confirm that Charles Mills is the brother of Jerry Mills, Sr., who was accused of raping numerous young girls more than a year ago in Ark City. This past April, Mills was found guilty and sentenced to more than 21 years in prison.
A the time, Arkansas City's fishing derby was named for Jerry Mills' son, who was killed in the war in Iraq.