March 26, 2004
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Colonel Grady Judd, Jr. 863-412-0004
Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager
Amber Alert Cancelled - Baby And Parents Located In Tennessee
Polk County Sheriff's Deputies cancelled the
Amber Alert issued on Wednesday, March 24, 2004, for Desiree Reyome, the
2-week-old baby who was taken from a sheltered home by her mother, Lisa
Nicole Steverson, and her father, Raymond Reyome. The couple and baby
were located in Cleveland, Tennessee on Thursday evening.
Around 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, Lisa Steverson and Raymond
Reyome were seen at a "Zip" convenience store in Cleveland, Tennessee,
attempting to sell a ring and a microwave oven in order to purchase baby
formula. A witness, thinking these actions suspicious, notified the
local police department. When police arrived, Raymond Reyome got back
behind the wheel of the stolen vehicle, but police pursued. After two
blocks Reyome left the vehicle and fled on foot but was apprehended
shortly thereafter. He would not disclose his identity to the police,
but upon finding his identification and running checks, they soon
discovered he was wanted in Florida on numerous charges. Once Cleveland
Police made contact with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, they placed
Lisa and Raymond into custody and got medical treatment for Desiree, who
appeared to be healthy.
The couple absconded with the baby in a stolen 1984 silver Toyota
Corolla. They were still using that vehicle, that they had spray-painted
red and had placed a Georgia tag.
In the past Raymond has made threats to law enforcement and has a
history of violent behavior. He has an extensive national criminal
history, including charges of: Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement
Officer, Arson, Battery, Armed Robbery, Grand Theft, Petit Theft,
Grand Theft Auto, Burglary, Attempted Grand Theft Auto. He had current
warrants for his arrest on unrelated charges of Littering, Grand Theft
Auto, Violation of Probation and Burglary.
Detectives and deputies from the Sheriff's Office, and agents from the
FBI and FDLE worked diligently together following leads for 36 straight
hours searching for the missing baby. Steverson and Reyome are awaiting
extradition back to Polk County, where so far they each face charges of
Grand Theft Auto and Removing a Child from State Custody. Further
charges are pending.
Desiree Reyome remains in the custody of Tennessee Department of Health
and Welfare. Representatives from the Florida Department of Children and
Families will travel to Tennessee and take custody of her.