A five-year-old girl was rescued from her kidnapper, who she called “a monster,” after several days of captivity in his Detroit apartment, when a neighbor saw the child bang on a window and called for help.
Maggie Millsap’s kidnapping in late June took an even more sinister turn when police who arrived on June 30 to get her to safety discovered her father dead in his apartment.
The family’s neighbor, Dangelo Clemons, 30, was arrested on charges of kidnapping and enticing children. So far, he has not been charged in connection with the death of Maggie’s father, who was identified as Colby Millsap by neighbors.
Dangelo Clemons, 30 (left), has been charged with kidnapping and enticing a child after allegedly holding Maggie Millsap, 5 (right), captive
Neighbors called police after they saw Maggie banging on a window in this Detroit duplex and yelling for help, saying she was with a ‘monster’
People who knew the family revealed in social media posts that Millsap raised his daughter alone after the child’s mother succumbed to cancer a few years ago.
The father and daughter shared an apartment on the right side of a duplex in the 12100 block of Schaefer Highway. Clemons, the accused kidnapper, lived in the unit to the left of the building.
On June 30, Raynell Jones, Millsaps’ neighbor and nanny, said she saw Maggie in the window of Clemons’ apartment, banging on the glass and screaming for help.
“She says, ‘Help me, please help me,'” Jones said Fox 2. “When the man walks back up, she says, ‘The monster is back,’ and then she closes the curtain.”
Jones called 911 and called the police. While waiting for officers to arrive, Jones and other neighbors went to Clemons’ and told him to let Maggie go, but reportedly closed the door on them.
Officers arrived just before 10:30 p.m. and went to Clemons’ duplex.
Police who came to rescue Maggie found a man, believed to be her father, Colby Millsap (pictured), dead in his living room
According to reports by The Washington PostThe suspect initially slammed the door on the officers, but they forced their way in and took him into custody.
During the investigation, police entered Millsap’s unit and found a dead man in the living room. Authorities have not yet officially identified the deceased, but neighbors said it was Maggie’s father.
Officers retrieved Maggie from Clemons’ apartment and took her to the hospital. A cell phone shows the 5-year-old talking to a female officer at the scene.
“You know what I want to be when I grow up?” Maggie is heard asking the officer who will take her to safety. “I want to be a police officer.”
Detroit police detective James Kraszewski said it does not appear that Maggie was physically or sexually abused during her incarceration.
Kraszewski, who became visibly emotional talking about this case, praised the neighbors for springing into action to save Maggie.
“They put their own lives in danger to try and save that girl,” he told the… Detroit Free Press. “If they hadn’t been there, God knows what could have happened to that little girl.”
Police have not disclosed a motive for the child’s kidnapping or her father’s death.
Maggie, now an orphan, is currently in foster care. She would have some family in Texas.
Millsap raised Maggie alone after he lost his wife. No charges have been filed in connection with his death so far
The child’s kidnapping and her father’s death occurred just days after another person was shot and killed outside the same Detroit duplex, but it’s unclear at this time whether the incidents were related.
Clemons was charged on July 3 with kidnapping and solicitation and his bail was set at $250,000. He is due to appear in court again on August 18.
“All these allegations confirm why we are all doing this challenging work. We must protect our children by any lawful means necessary,” Detroit prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement.
Online records indicate Clemons has a criminal record, including a 2010 conviction on armed robbery charges. He was released from prison in 2013 after serving less than three years.
Maggie’s godmother, Karla Reeves, told… WDIV she wants Clemons held accountable for his actions.
“He needs to know that he hurt this little girl for the rest of her life,” she said.