Police: Mother of Ellenwood kidnap victim knew one of the suspects
9/19/2013, 10 a.m.
The abduction of 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez from her Ellenwood home early Tuesday morning may not have been as random as police once believed.
According to police records, Marie Corral, Ayvani’s mother, was arrested with one of the men suspected in the abduction during a drug raid just south of Atlanta in 2012.
Vincent Picard, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, confirmed Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez’s identity Thursday.
“[He] is the same person in our custody that was arrested on drug-trafficking charges,” Picard said.
Contreras-Rodriguez, a 40-year-old Mexican national, and Wildrego Jackson, 29, of Atlanta were arrested Wednesday afternoon after the teen was safely recovered following her terrifying kidnapping 34 hours earlier.
But authorities suspect two other men are still on the run after the 2 a.m. home invasion that led to Ayvani’s abduction and the shooting of the family dog when their demands for money and jewelry weren’t met, an FBI official told WSB-TV.
“We believe those two suspects in the drawings are still at large,” said Special Agent Rick Maxwell, citing composite sketches previously released to the media.
Contreras-Rodriguez was being held on immigration-related charges.
Jackson, the second man arrested in the kidnapping, was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to kidnap. Arrest records paint him as a career criminal who has accumulated multiple arrests over the years on charges of assault, child cruelty, sale and distribution of cocaine, marijuana possession, obstruction charges, and being in possession of a firearm while a convicted felon.