Father of kidnapped girl opens up on faith based podcast

MILWAUKEE -- The father of a 3-year-old girl kidnapped and found safe early Monday morning said police know who did it and there’s surveillance video of the suspects. 

“There’s surveillance footage, there are cameras, and we are aware that police do have suspects that they know who they are,” Dickens said. 

On the faith-based Milwaukee area podcast, “Saved and the City,” hosted by Iberia, Mario Dickens opened up about his daughter’s abduction.

“You’re breaking down, but you’re trying to stay calm at the same time. My emotions have never been that many places in such a short period of time ever in my life,” said Dickens. 

Two armed men took Phoenix Dickens while she was at her grandpa’s Milwaukee home. Seven hours later, neighbors found the little girl barefoot and crying in some bushes about five miles away. 

The Facebook page for “Saved and the City” streamed Dickens’ interview live where he revealed more details in the kidnapping. He said both his father and 12-year-old son were also held at gunpoint. He praised his son for being so brave. 

“When he got the opportunity, he snuck out the back door and called 911,” said Dickens. 

Dickens shared how much he relied on his faith Monday while they searched for Phoenix. 

“I know how to give God glory for everything,” Dickens continued. 

He also admits the ordeal has changed how he lives everyday life. 

“It’s difficult to trust everyone.” 

TODAY’S TMJ4 reached out to Milwaukee police to see if they’ve made any arrests in the case. 

The podcast was streamed on Facebook Live. You can watch it by clicking here

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