Milwaukee Amber Alert: Girl, 3, kidnapped by two men at gunpoint
Phoenix Dickens was abducted in the early hours of Monday morning by two men with handguns and forced into a red minivan.
An Amber Alert was issued for a little girl after she was abducted in the early hours of Monday morning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Three-year-old Phoenix Dickens was reportedly kidnapped at gunpoint at around 2:15 am by two men who forced the child into an old, red minivan before driving off.
The authorities say that Phoenix was last seen leaving the area of 62nd and Hampton in the city with the two male perpetrators, but suspect that the pair then changed vehicles to avoid suspicion. They state the suspects moved the three-year-old into either a dark blue or black car with tinted windows before driving off north on N. 62nd St.
According to an official description released by the police and reported by NBC, Phoenix is 2ft 4in tall, weighs 40 pounds, and has brown eyes with long black hair that was commonly pulled into a ponytail. She was last seen sporting a yellow T-shirt and purple/pink checkered pants.
They have also released descriptions of the suspects and say that they are not related to the child. One of them was a black man with a thin build between the ages of 30 and 33. He was reportedly between 6ft 2in and 6ft 3in tall and was last seen wearing a Jordan hoodie.
The other culprit was described as a black male, 5ft 7in tall and weighing around 150 pounds. He was also of a slim build, was sporting short hair and a dark beard, and was last seen wearing a V-neck T-shirt.
In a post on his Facebook page, the girl's father Mario Dickens expressed his distress at his daughter's kidnapping and wrote, "MARIAH was just abducted on 62nd and Hampton one block on off Fairmount AT GUN POINT!!" He also offered a cash reward for anyone with information on her whereabouts. "2,000 cash reward for HER SAFE RETURN. SHARE PLEASE #amberalert," he posted.
The post garnered attention quickly on social media, clocking over 6,000 shares. Friends, family, and even strangers expressed their solidarity with the father's suffering. "Praying for her safe return," one wrote. Another similarly posted, " I am praying to God for her safe and immediate return."
Information about the abduction has been scarce, however, and Mario took to social media to once again went his frustration. "GET MY DAUGHTER BACK TO ME NOW," he wrote. "ILL NEVER SLEEP." The messages of support kept pouring in, with many asking the others be vigilant and on the lookout for the suspects.
The motive behind the kidnapping remains unclear, with law enforcement on the lookout for information and tips that could lead to her location. Those with information pertaining to the case can contact the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7405.