Date: March 26, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Colonel Grady Judd, Jr. 863-412-0004

Carrie 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.


 

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