Kidnapped girl found unharmed in Conyers
9/18/2013, 2:49 p.m.
Fourteen-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez, who was allegedly abducted from her Ellenwood home by two men on Sept. 17, was found unharmed a day later in Conyers.
The teen was located Wednesday about 25 miles from her home, after a massive search by multiple law enforcement agencies.
Police said two suspects, identified as Wildrego Jackson of Atlanta and Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, a Mexican national who is being held on immigration-related charges, were taken into custody without incident.
Ayvani was taken from her Brookgate Drive home, on a cul-de-sac in a subdivision of two-story homes just south of the DeKalb County line, during an apparent random home invasion.
The girl’s relatives say the suspects demanded jewelry and cash before taking her.
They demanded a $10,000 – then $100,000 – ransom for her release.
Clayton County Police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI were involved in the search, which ended when the kidnappers dropped her off in Conyers, about 25 miles from her home.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter said the teen has been reunited with her family.
“She’s safe,” he said. “She’s being evaluated as we speak. This is a good day for the Perez family, but more important for Ayvani.”
FBI Special Agent Rick Maxwell said the apprehended suspects were not the two men identified in widely circulated police sketches.
“We believe those two suspects in the drawings are still at large,” Maxwell said. “Anyone with any information relating to those two suspects, we still ask that they call the same tip line that we provided before.”
Asked if the family knew the men, Maxwell said they have not determined the relationship between them.
Police say the two men, described as wearing black clothing and armed with handguns, pried open the family’s back door around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Ayvani’s mother and her two children – Ayvani and her 15-year-old brother – hid inside the home, but the intruders found them. They allegedly shot the family’s dog and took Ayvani in a gray Dodge van.
Police had said earlier that the family had moved into the home about a month ago and apparently didn’t know the suspects.