MILWAUKEE -- Phoenix Dickens, 3, was found safe Monday, Sept. 3 after an Amber Alert was issued for the little girl, who was taken from her grandfather's home near 62nd and Stark by two men, at gunpoint.
"It's been a nightmare. We just want tot hank you and thank the community and everybody," said Mario Dickens, Phoenix's father.
The seven-hour nightmare ended with wonderful news, after the Amber Alert was issued for Phoenix Dickens around 2:30 a.m. Monday. Authorities say the men took off in an older, red minivan.
"It's senseless, and shouldn't have happened. It's devastating to know your children are in danger. I've been a mess -- just crying all night," said Dickens.
After the Amber Alert information was shared on social media and broadcast on FOX6, there was a heartwarming scene Monday morning, after neighbors near 19th and Juneau said they saw Phoenix Dickens standing near a bush, crying. She was later reunited with her family. Her father cried tears of joy.
"She is safe. I seen her on FaceTime. She just called me. She said, 'hey Daddy.' We are just excited to be able to get to her, go through the steps, get to where she is as soon as possible. The police are doing their job. They are doing a great job. We are confident they are gonna to do what’s necessary to this situation. She is safe. She is safe. You know what? I don't even know if I can cry anymore -- I've been crying so much. I just thank God -- and, I mean, without him, I don't think it would have been possible. I'm just so thankful," said Dickens.
Mario Dickens said his daughter was examined at the hospital and thankfully, she was unharmed.
"I'm gonna hug her and kiss her -- everything I can, and I'm sure I gotta fight for that affection with everyone because it won't just be me. We are just happy she's been found. We are gonna love on her as we have. I'm just glad to see her smile. When I saw her, she was happy and blessed and unharmed," said Dickens.
Milwaukee police are actively searching for suspects in this case. The first suspect is described as male, black, between the ages of 30 to 33 years old, standing 6'2"-6'3" feet tall with a thin build, wearing a light shirt over a dark Jordan hoodie.
The second suspect is described as male, black, standing 5'7" and weighing 150 pounds with a slim build, short hair and a dark beard, last seen wearing a V-neck T-shirt.
As the search for the suspects continued Monday, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, who represents the area where this happened, said he's working to make sure something like this never happens again.
"I thought to myself that I can't even imagine how I would feel if I were the parent whose child was just taken away from them. Get to know the people who live in front of you, behind you and on either side of you because when you do that, you tighten up the fabric of neighborhoods," said Johnson.
Anyone with information is asked to please call MPD at 414-935-7405.