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Arkansas missing child found in Milton
MILTON -- SANTA ROSA -- A man wanted for kidnapping his niece in Arkansas has been caught in Santa Rosa County.
Phillip Nussey, 38, was captured by the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force late Wednesday night. The kidnapped girl and another woman were with Nussey when he was taken into custody.
Tammy Smith is still shaken up after officers stormed her home, to arrest her longtime friend, Phillip Nussey. Nussey was the focus of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force after he allegedly kidnapped his 13 year old niece, Kimberly Nussey from Arkansas and drove her to Milton in a 1998 Crown Victoria.
After some investigation, officers discovered the car at a Milton apartment on Dogwood Drive.
Tammy claims Nussey has been living with her for a few days and she had no idea he was an active fugitive. Tammy describes the teenager as a kind and loving girl, and claims Kimberly was looking for a way out of her home in Arkansas.
"She's willing to come here she said her mom was abusing her and stuff" said Nussey.
When Nussey failed to come out of Tammy's apartment on his own, officers forced their way in. They found Nussey hiding in the bathroom and he was arrested.
"He said, what's he going to jail for, and they told him for kidnapping" said Nussey.
"Anytime you do these types, where the safety of somebody else is involved it's a great relief to find that they are okay" said Dominic Guadagnoli, US Marshal Task Force.
Kimberly Nussey was found in the apartment unharmed.
In addition to kidnapping charges, Phillip Nussey may also face obstruction of justice and resisting arrest charges.