‘We want to ensure her safety’: Police ask public to share photo of abduction suspect, victim
Dariaz L. Higgins shot and killed the mother of his 2-year-old daughter Monday in Milwaukee, according to a criminal complaint. The girl, Noelani J. Robinson, is still missing and police have issued an Amber Alert in an effort to spread awareness and locate her.
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Police responded to a reported shooting in the 6300 block of North 91st Street around 1 p.m. Monday. When police arrived they found two women shot multiple times lying in the driveway of an eight-unit apartment complex.
After lifesaving efforts, Sierra M. Robinson, 24, of Nevada, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second woman, 27, of Milwaukee, was taken to a local hospital.
The second woman, told police that Robinson was staying with her while in town to pick up her 2-year-old daughter Noelani from Higgins. She said she joined Robinson at a pre-determined pickup point to meet up with Higgins and get the girl.
When Higgins arrived in a dark SUV, Noelani was not with him. The woman said the three of them drove around for awhile before stopping at an apartment complex where Higgins said they would get Noelani.
When the two women got out of the car, he shot them both multiple times, according to the complaint. A 35-year-old Milwaukee man also suffered a graze gunshot wound as a result of the shooting.
During a news conference Tuesday, police said they are concerned for Noelani’s safety and still consider Higgins to be armed and dangerous. “We want to ensure her safety. We are asking Mr. Higgins to take her and drop her off some place safe,” Captain Thomas Casper said during the news conference. “A family member’s house, a fire station, a hospital. Any place safe so that law enforcement can take custody of her.”
Police are asking the public to share a post on the Milwaukee Police Department Facebook page with photos of the Higgins and Noelani. Police have hope the “power of social media” could make a difference in this case since Higgins has distinguishable tattoos on his face.
“I want to encourage everyone to go to Facebook, look at the photos, share them with your contacts. We’re expecting that the suspect that we’re looking for is going to go to a gas station, maybe a fast food joint,” Assistant Chief Steven Caballero said. “So the more people who have the photos the better.”
Higgins has prior arrests in Nevada, Minnesota and North Dakota. He could now face charges in Wisconsin for first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, according to the complaint.
Police said the Cadillac that Higgins is known to drive was located overnight in Miami. Investigators do not have an updated vehicle description for Higgins.
Officials also reported that it is not clear whether or not Higgins would have stayed in Wisconsin or left the state, adding that this is why it is so important to raise awareness.
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