UPDATE: $1M bail set for man charged with killing Milwaukee woman

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Cash bond is set at $1 million for a 34-year-old man accused of killing a woman in Milwaukee.

Dariaz Higgins appeared in court Sunday on charges including first-degree intentional homicide. Higgins is accused of fatally shooting 24-year-old Sierra Robinson and wounding another woman last week.

Higgins is the father of 2-year-old Noelani Robinson. Authorities say a child's body found wrapped in a blanket along a southern Minnesota highway on Friday night is believed to be Noelani's.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the child died from blunt force trauma to the head. That death remains under investigation.

Authorities have not disclosed a motive in the death of Sierra Robinson. Police said Higgins was Robinson's pimp and they had been romantically involved but were no longer together.



Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales says a body found along a southern Minnesota highway is believed to be that of a missing 2-year-old girl whose father is accused of killing her mother in Milwaukee.

Morales told reporters Saturday that an off-duty public works employee saw something along Highway 218 north of Austin, Minnesota, as he was driving home Friday night. The chief says a child's body was found inside a blanket off the shoulder of the highway.

Morales says the body is believed to be that of 2-year-old Noelani Robinson. He says an autopsy has not been conducted yet, but authorities believe the girl "had been there for quite some time."

The girl's father, Dariaz Higgins, is accused of fatally shooting 24-year-old Sierra Robinson and wounding one of her friends Monday. Police arrested him Wednesday and say Higgins had been Robinson's pimp. Robinson had recently been living in Las Vegas.



MILWAUKEE (AP) --A body found in Minnesota matches the description of a 2-year-old girl whose mother was killed in Milwaukee this past week, a spokesman for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Saturday.

Bureau spokesman Bruce Gordon told The Associated Press the body has been preliminarily identified as Noelani Robinson.

Gordon said the body was found in Steele County, Minnesota, south of Minneapolis. The Minnesota agency is waiting for formal identification and preliminary autopsy results from the medical examiner, he said in an email.

Authorities had asked “the entire nation” for help finding Noelani after the arrest of the girl’s father, who is suspected of fatally shooting her mother in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales said Friday that the suspect, Dariaz Higgins, had been providing police with information on the whereabouts of his daughter, but that it all had “proven to be untrue.”

Higgins, of Miami, is accused of fatally shooting 24-year-old Sierra Robinson and wounding one of her friends Monday. Police arrested him Wednesday and prosecutors have charged him with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said in charging documents that Higgins traveled to Milwaukee to give Noelani to Robinson, but it was unknown if Higgins actually brought her with him. Police said Higgins was Robinson’s pimp and they had been romantically involved but were no longer together. Robinson left Noelani with Higgins when she moved to Las Vegas last month but wanted her back, authorities said.

According to charging documents, Higgins, Robinson, and her friend spent time driving around together in Milwaukee doing drugs Monday, before Higgins took them to an apartment building where he told them Noelani was. Prosecutors said Higgins shot Robinson and her friend when they got out of the car.

Morales had suggested Noelani could be in the hands of human traffickers, but declined to provide details for why investigators believed that, other than to say “that’s the world that these two individuals lived in, the victim and the suspect.”



Milwaukee's police chief says authorities are asking for help "from the entire nation" to find a missing 2-year-old girl after a man was arrested on suspicion of killing her mother.

Chief Alfonso Morales says Dariaz Higgins has been providing police with information on the whereabouts of his daughter, Noelani Robinson, but it has "proven to be untrue."

Higgins is accused of fatally shooting Sierra Robinson and wounding one of her friends Monday. Police arrested him Wednesday and prosecutors have charged him with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Higgins, of Miami, came to Milwaukee to give Noelani to Robinson but it's unknown if Higgins actually brought her with him. Police say Robinson had been living in Las Vegas since February.

Police have said Noelani may be in Minnesota, but Morales emphasized she could be anywhere.



MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Noelani Robinson may be in the company of a relative, friend or acquaintance of Dariaz Higgins, and she may be outside of Wisconsin, according to an AMBER Alert update Thursday.

Police have confirmed they're investigating tips that the 2-year-old may be in Minnesota, TODAY'S TMJ4 has learned.

The Milwaukee Police Department is working with federal partners in the search.

The man wanted in connection with both the AMBER Alert and a homicide was taken into custody by police.

Dariaz Higgins was arrested just before 1 p.m. Wednesday at a motel near Appleton Road and Silver Spring Drive.

Another man was arrested about a mile from there for helping Higgins hide. Police have not identified him at this point.



MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee police have arrested the man wanted for killing the mother of his child, wounding a second woman and for abducting the toddler. But, there is no sign of the 2-year-old girl.

Dariaz Higgins was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon on Milwaukee's northwest side. A second person was arrested for harboring a fugitive.

The girl, Noelani Robinson, is still missing and an active Amber Alert remains in effect in her disappearance. Police say they are investigating leads that the child may be in St. Cloud, Minnesota or Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Higgins is charged with fatally shooting Sierra Robinson and wounding another woman Monday afternoon.



Police officers have confirmed they're investigating tips that 2-year-old Noelani Robinson may be in Minnesota or Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Milwaukee Police Department is working with federal partners in the search. An active AMBER Alert remains in place.

Earlier, the man wanted in connection with both the AMBER Alert and a homicide was taken into custody by police.

Dariaz Higgins was arrested just before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in the 5200 block of N. 103rd St.

The AMBER Alert was issued for Robinson Monday night, and police said Tuesday that Higgins, the suspect in her disappearance, was also responsible for the shooting death of Noelani's mother, Sierra Robinson.

A second suspect was arrested with Higgins for aiding a fugitive. Police say they continue to use all available resources to locate Noelani.



MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WEAU) --Milwaukee Police Department has confirmed that an AMBER Alert issued Monday for a missing Milwaukee toddler is connected to a deadly shooting near 91st and Mill Road.

Dariaz Higgins, 34, is wanted for a double shooting that killed 24-year-old Sierra Robinson and injured another 28-year-old woman. Police are searching for Higgins for abducting 2-year-old Noelani Robinson as well.

Higgins was last seen driving a black or dark blue SUV, police say.

The suspect reportedly did not return Noelani to her mother as planned. If you see them, please call 911 immediately.



MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Officials have issued an AMBER Alert for two-year-old Noelani J. Robinson of Milwaukee.

She was last seen Monday in Milwaukee.

Law enforcement officers believe the suspect is 34-year-old Dariaz Higgins. He's also known as Dariaz Taylor or Dariaz Lewis.

Reports say he was last seen driving a black SUV with no make/model or license plate available at this time.

At 1:30 p.m. Monday, suspect Dariaz L. Higgins did not return Noelani Robinson to her mother as planned.

Law enforcement agencies say Higgins is armed and dangerous.