Alabama man faces federal charge in kidnapping Polk girl

This Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 booking photo, provided by the Shelby County, Tenn., Sheriff's Office shows West Wild Hogs, 31, of Seale, Ala. Police say, Hogs abducted a four-year-old girl from her home in Lakeland, Fla. He was later spotted with the girl in Memphis, Tenn., and arrested on Monday. The girl was returned to her family in Florida. (Memphis Police Dept. via AP)
This Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 booking photo, provided by the Shelby County, Tenn., Sheriff's Office shows West Wild Hogs, 31, of Seale, Ala. Police say, Hogs abducted a four-year-old girl from her home in Lakeland, Fla. He was later spotted with the girl in Memphis, Tenn., and arrested on Monday. The girl was returned to her family in Florida. (Memphis Police Dept. via AP)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging West Wild Hogs, of Alabama, with kidnapping a 4-year-old Polk County girl earlier this month.

Hogs is accused of kidnapping Becky Lewis, 4, from her home in Lakeland. According to the indictment, Hogs traveled across state lines to commit the offense and transported the child out of the state of Florida.

Authorities say the 31-year-old Hogs took Rebecca on Saturday morning. They were spotted in Georgia later that day, and Tennessee authorities issued an Amber Alert for him and the girl Monday.

RELATED: ‘Thanks for bringing me home!’ Becky Lewis, 4, reunites with family after kidnapping

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. This case was investigated by the FBI and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Natalie Hirt Adams.

 

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