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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Alabama Man Indicted For Kidnapping Four-Year-Old Girl

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging West Wild Hogs (31, Searle, Alabama) with kidnapping. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. 

According to the indictment, on October 8, 2016, Hogs kidnapped a four-year-old girl from her home in Lakeland, Florida. He is not related to, nor did he have legal custody of the child. Hogs traveled across state lines to commit the offense and transported the child out of the State of Florida.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.         

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Natalie Hirt Adams.

Updated October 20, 2016