UPDATE: Missing 4-year-old girl found; suspect in custody

Florida issued an Amber Alert for Jessica Lewis
Florida issued an Amber Alert for Jessica Lewis
Photo from the scene in Memphis, Tennessee, where the missing girl has been found.
Photo from the scene in Memphis, Tennessee, where the missing girl has been found.

UPDATE:  Authorities say missing 4-year-old Florida girl has been found in Tennessee, suspect in custody.

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – Authorities in several states are searching for a 4-year-old central Florida girl who a sheriff says was taken from her home by a longtime friend of her family.

Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida, said at a news conference Monday that a 31-year-old man who legally changed his name to West Wild Hogs took Rebecca Lewis on Saturday morning. “Here’s a message for West Wild Hogs: don’t you hurt that baby,” Judd said. “You keep her safe.” Earlier, Judd pleaded with the public to help search for the girl. The sheriff says he’s “not above a bunch of good ol’ boys grabbing that 4-year-old girl.” Judd says Hogs is a friend of Rebecca’s family but said he’d been asked to leave the family’s home over two years ago after pulling a gun on them.

Wild West Hogs - suspect in Amber Alert abduction
Wild West Hogs – suspect in Amber Alert abduction

 

Hogs and the girl were spotted at a gas station in Georgia on Saturday, he said, adding a park ranger reported seeing them in Tennessee on Sunday night. An Amber Alert was issued.

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