Family: Ellenwood home invaders demand ransom for kidnapped girl
9/17/2013, 8:09 p.m.
ELLENWOOD Family members said Tuesday afternoon that alleged home invaders who kidnapped a 14-year-old girl from her Clayton County home have demanded $10,000 ransom for her safe return.
Police have issued a Levi's Call alert for Ayvani Hope Perez, the two men, and a gray Dodge vehicle.
According to police, the attack happened around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Brook Gate subdivision in Ellenwood just south of the DeKalb County line.
Suky Guerrero, an aunt of the victim, said family members were trying to get the money together to secure Ayvani's release. Guerrero said she did not know where the family would get the money but she understood they were still waiting for it to be delivered late Tuesday.
Guerrero said that Alberto Perez, the victim’s father, flew from El Paso, Texas, where he now lives, to be with his ex-wife, Maria Perez, 39, on Tuesday.
“I took him to the airport this morning and he was devastated, not knowing what to do,” she said of her brother.“I don’t know where they got the money. My brother doesn’t have a clue. He doesn’t have any money like that.”
Investigators say the crime began when the back door of the Perez house was pried open.
The armed men in masks who entered demanded cash and jewels from the mother, then shot the family dog and abducted the girl when their demands weren’t met.
“She did not have any money and jewelry so they shot the dog and kidnapped the 14-year-old,” police spokesman Phong Nguyen said.
Ayvani is 4 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 93 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing blue-and-gray Star Wars pajama bottoms and a blue-and-gray superhero shirt, authorities said.
Investigators say the crime is apparently random and that it does not appear that the intruders and the victims knew each other.
The family had only lived in the subdivision for about a month.