DETROIT, MI – Thanks to attentive neighbors, a kidnapped 5-year-old girl was rescued by police in Detroit. Authorities say the young girl was held captive inside of house next door to where she lived, possibly for a few days.
Sadly, following the recovery of the child, authorities found the body of the 5-year-old girl’s father inside of her home next door.
And while a suspect is in custody for her kidnapping, the same suspect has not yet been charged with the young girl’s father’s murder.
— Nana-Séntuo Bonsu (@NSBonsu_) July 20, 2021
It was the drastic calls for help on the evening of June 30th that resulted in the rescue of a 5-year-old girl, who police say was abducted by 29-year-old Dangelo Clemons , that helped prevent what one detective said he couldn’t fathom “what could’ve happened” had locals not alerted authorities.
One local outside of the crime scene within the 12100 block of Schaefer Highway while it was active shot a video after the police response, narrating the following”
“She was at the window, banging on the window, screaming and crying, ‘Help me, help me, before the monster gets back’.”
A man identified as Alfando Hendricks had apparently tried getting the door open of the duplex where the girl was trapped inside of after hearing her cries for help, telling a local news crew that he couldn’t get the door open:
“I said baby, I can’t come in there cause I tried pulling on the door.”
Hendricks was apparently familiar with the kidnapped girl, telling a local new crew that he’d given the young girl a bicycle roughly a month earlier.
“I had gotten her a bike, about a month ago, because she didn’t have a bike to ride. A little pink bike.”
Authorities say Hendricks ran across the street and called 911 about the captive child, which Detective James Kraszewski with Detroit Police Department said that he didn’t want to think about what would’ve happened to the young girl hadn’t locals notified police:
“I don’t want to think of what could’ve happened. I don’t want to go there. They saved this girl’s life”
Police believe that the girl was held captive for several days.
One of the neighbors who used to babysit the young girl spoke to a local news crew, saying the following:
“She’s a bundle of joy, actually, I’ve never seen her sad.”
Detective Kraszewski said that when police came inside of them home, the young girl “jumped in the officer’s arms”.
After the 5-year-old girl was recovered from the home, bodycam footage caught the moments when she told an officer the following:
“You know what I want to be when I grow up? I want to be a policeman.”
While the young girl was rescued, therein lies the tragedy of her father, Cody Millsap, who was found murdered inside the young girl’s home next door.
The 5-year-old girl was rescued on June 30 after neighbors heard her call for help. https://t.co/u4vYqDtHkA
— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) July 20, 2021
Karla Reaves, the godmother of the rescued 5-year-old girl, said she would take the young girl to the park with her daughter, but noted how the rescued girl’s father used to insist upon a pop quiz and some reading before a trip to the park:
“He made sure she did five math problems and read a book before we took her to the park. I love them so much.”
While Reaves is glad the young girl is safe, she’s heartbroken over the killing of the girl’s father and is angry at the man she believes to have murdered him and kidnapped the young girl:
“He needs to know that he hurt this little girl for the rest of her life. Not only did he hurt her, he hurt us and anyone else who loved that little girl because now she doesn’t have anybody.”
Clemons has only been charged with felony kidnapping and child enticement in relation to the incident, according to reports, but has not been charged in connection with Millsap’s killing.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy commented on the case, noting that cases like these command intense investigation:
“All allegations like these that confirm why we all do this challenging work. We must protect our children by all lawful means necessary.”
Officials have yet to come forward with any allegations even hinting that Clemons may be responsible for Millsap’s killing.
Clemons was arraigned on the charges of kidnapping and child enticement in 36th District Court and is being held on a $250,000 bail.
This is still an ongoing investigation.
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We at Law Enforcement Today recently shared a report regarding another young girl that was rescued by authorities in Kentucky.
And in a case quite similar to the aforementioned, police say that is was through the actionable intel that locals provided that they were able to rescue a 6-year-old girl from her alleged abductor shortly after she was taken right off of her bicycle.
Here’s that previous report.
LOUISVILLE, KY – On July 2nd, a 6-year-old girl was reportedly snatched off of her bicycle in broad daylight and placed into a red sedan.
Luckily, neighbors witnessed the abduction and led authorities to the vehicle, where bodycam footage showed the moments when a Louisville Metro Police officer recovered the victim.
Video shows police in Louisville, Kentucky, rescuing a 6-year-old girl who had been grabbed from her bike and put in a vehicle in a kidnapping minutes before. https://t.co/6UNOFMLWpg
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 9, 2021
Police arrested 40-year-old Robby Wildt on July 2nd, with the suspect having since been charged with kidnapping for the incident involving the abducted girl.
According to reports, Wildt had been observed by several witnesses within the 4700 block of Haney Way in Valley Station around 5:40 p.m. driving a red sedan and took the young girl off of her bike and placed her into his vehicle.
Prentiss Weatherford was one of those witnesses, which he described to local news outlet WAVE 3 what took place during the incident:
“I was looking down the road, [and] a car came around the corner from the stop sign, parked in the middle of the street. He got out.”
“[There was] a little girl in front of her car on her bicycle. He just grabbed her by the collar, threw her bike, threw her in the passenger’s seat, made his way on down the road.”
Weatherford and his father Terry acted quickly, following the suspect’s vehicle and being able to get the last three digits of Wildt’s license plate before the suspect sped off.
With the information obtained by the witnesses, police were able to locate Wildt’s vehicle a short distance away from where the victim was kidnapped. The young girl was inside of the passenger seat of the vehicle, thankfully unharmed.
Robby Wildt, 40, told police he was “afraid he may hurt her” and “he felt bad for doing what he had done” after abducting a little girl riding her bike in Valley Station on Saturday. https://t.co/KtEbfT4ayI
— wave3news (@wave3news) July 7, 2021
Of the responding officers at the scene, Sgt. Joe Keeling was credited with placing Wildt under arrest, while Officer Jason Burba is seen on bodycam footage taking the young girl out of the passenger side of the suspect’s vehicle.
The young girl can be heard crying as Officer Burba pulls her out of the car, saying “I want my daddy”.
In an interview with radio station WHAS, Sgt. Keeling gave credit to the witnesses’ description of the vehicle that helped authorities track down the suspect so quickly.
Apparently, Wildt had admitted to authorities that he kidnapped the young girl, but proclaimed that he had intentions to take her back home because he was worried that he “may hurt her” and that “he felt bad for doing what he had done”, according to officials.
LMPD spokesperson Beth Ruoff says that this incident serves as an important reminder for parents to teach their children about “stranger danger”:
“Although we do not want the community to be alarmed, this is certainly an educational opportunity for parents to remind their children that ‘stranger danger’ is real. It is important to talk to your kids about any adult who tries to use a ruse to lure them to their vehicles or away from public view.”
When recounting the incident and response, Officer Burba stated that with calls such as the one in question, seconds can feel like hours when trying to get to the scene:
“You just can’t get there fast enough. Seconds feel like hours. Your only thought is getting there as fast as you can.”
Sgt. Keeling stated that the moment the young girl was recovered, hearing her crying for her father “was definitely a gut check”:
“It was overwhelming. Especially when you hear her crying and asking for her family because she’s so scared. It was definitely a gut check.”
Wildt was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections and is currently being held on a $1 million bond.
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