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Girl, 4, Missing From Florida Found Safe, Suspect Arrested

"Don't you hurt that baby" Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said to suspected kidnapper West Wild Hogs

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    Rebecca Lewis, the 4-year-old Florida girl who was allegedly taken from her home by a family friend, is found safe in Tennessee after an Amber Alert was issued. The suspect, West Hogs, was taken into custody. (Published Monday, Oct. 10, 2016)

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirms officers have found a 4-year-old girl who was taken from her home in central Florida by a longtime family friend.

    Little Rebecca Lewis was found safe in Memphis. The suspect, 31-year-old West Wild Hogs, was arrested.

    Investigators say they received a "credible report" of a sighting of Lewis and Hogs on Sunday night.

    The Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida said a park ranger in Campbell County, Tennessee, reported seeing a man and child matching the description of Hogs and Rebecca on Sunday night.

    The pair was spotted at a gas station in Forsythe, Georgia, on Saturday evening in a car with a stolen Alabama license plate.

    Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd held a news conference Monday, saying Hogs of Seale, Alabama, took Rebecca Lewis with the disappearance. He was originally known as Matthew Clark Pybus, and legally changed his name to Hogs.

    "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."

    Authorities say Hogs took Rebecca from her home Saturday morning. A 16-year-old sister says she saw Rebecca sleeping about 9 a.m. but when she woke up again 45 minutes later, she was gone.

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an Amber Alert for the girl Saturday evening. That Amber Alert has now been canceled.