Kidnapped Georgia Girl Found Alive

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Image: Ayvani Hope Perez
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children / AP

Ayvani Hope Perez

A 14-year-old girl abducted after robbers invaded her suburban Atlanta home early Tuesday was found alive just a day later. Two of the alleged kidnappers are in police custody, authorities say.

Ayvani Hope Perez was forcefully taken by two gunmen who pushed their way into her family’s Ellenwood, Ga., home at about 2:15 a.m Tuesday. As the assailants burst into the house, the girl’s mother tried to hide her teenaged children, but Perez was taken as they demanded money and jewelry, Clayton County police said. When they got nothing from her mother, they shot the family dog and took Perez. But just over 24 hours later, Perez was found in a nearby suburb. Authorities say the girl has been reunited with her family, but  have not revealed the circumstances of her recovery, only noting that she’s in “good condition.”

Police said the family had only recently moved into the home and that they didn’t know the kidnappers.

The kidnappers reportedly demanded a $10,000 ransom for the girl’s return. Overnight, Perez’s family had been trying to raise the money, though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported it’s rare for abductors to demand money when they are not known to their victims.

The two alleged abductors, identified as Wildrego Jackson, 29,  and Juan Alberto Rodriguez, 40, have been arrested, Clayton County police chief Greg Porter told Channel 2 Action News.

Once a Levi’s Call alert was issued, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI were able to aid in the search for Perez. Police released sketches of the two kidnappers Tuesday afternoon, setting up checkpoints across the state. Police believe the men in the sketches may still be at large. Porter said Perez was ultimately found in Conyers, Ga., just 15 miles from the scene of the abduction.

[WSB-TV]

29 comments
replyhere590
replyhere590

Why on earth do so many of these comment sections give way to mindless insults, not to mention off-topic garbage? Also, please take note that poor to terrible grammar & spelling as well as over-use of acronyms (they may be familiar in other media) often obscure what the writer might have intended. Proofing and an even temperament are good! I do not mean to sound preachy, but this article's responses finally drew it out of me. FWIW.

MikeBell1
MikeBell1

Seems one has an immigration charge why was this not reported here do you think! Reason 97% polled think the press does not tell the truth!

daily.katie
daily.katie

This case smells suspicious.  Perhaps inside help?

leegenevieve
leegenevieve

If the two men were arrested, how can they "still be at large"??

JennyMiller
JennyMiller

Glad she is okay and alive!! Poor dog. :(

InoUsuck
InoUsuck

Actually she looks like that other girl that was going school shopping and disappeared. Very VERY cute girl! I hope they find her too!

InoUsuck
InoUsuck

" Illegible and unintelligible my good man!"  Bully Bully!

dizzydog6
dizzydog6

Everyone is so thankful for the girl.  O.K. so am I.  However, does NO one care the family dog gave it's life that night?  It was shot and I assume, killed.  Is this the throw-away society we live in today---oh well, it's just a dog!

SherlocksAzz
SherlocksAzz

There seems to be more to this story than is being told. The truth will come out when the accused are facing jail time

SusanBrunkhorst
SusanBrunkhorst

Finally some good news!  So few abductions turn out well!

fearnothing
fearnothing

Oh, thank the Universe!!  Lucky girl.  And, although her kidnappers behaved evilly, thank them for sparing her life!

MaryMitch
MaryMitch

@JohnNguyen1 I'm not sure why this would matter. Did the daughter DESERVE to be kidnapped because of her mother?

crudasill222
crudasill222

@dizzydog6 

I agree, I think about all living thing, dogs included.  The whole thing is messed up..  The real problem is not who we care for the most, but why is our society so sick.  Why do people kill animal, human or other. What makes their mind so evil?  Until we figure that one out......we are doomed.  I say..an eye for an eye......you give it...we give it back...the same way.

STILL_WATERS908
STILL_WATERS908

@dizzydog6 A dog's life does not begin to compare to a human's life.  Yes the dog died but my only concern upon learning of her kidnapping was Ayvani and her safe return.  I've seen people treat their pets as if they're human and walk right past someone that's hungry or homeless.

cassalexandria
cassalexandria

@fearnothing Why in the hell do you thank the "Universe"??? Like it has feeling and know that you are appreciate it saves the girl life...What an IDIOT!

DesiEtte
DesiEtte

@STILL_WATERS908 @dizzydog6 

 @dizzydog6I agree. A life is a life. I don't care if it's human, canine or feline. My dog and cats mean more to me than anyone else. When Iam down, they are the ones to comfort me. When my home is attacked, it is my dog that will come to my defense and sacrifice her life for me.  At the end of a long day, they are who I come home to. They are the last ones I see every night and the first ones I see every morning. Screw the people who think I should value a human just because they won some species lottery!

confettithat
confettithat

@cassalexandria @fearnothing maybe he/she prefers thanking the universe to thanking God...you know that mysterious man in the sky that supposedly knows how you feel and determines people's fate on a whim...yeah, not everyone believes in all that...anyways besides that point, your comment is practically illegible and makes ZERO sense.

daily.katie
daily.katie

@42Reasons @confettithat You are such an idiot.  Not everyone is afraid to not believe in a myth.  As difficult as it would be for you to Not believe in your god, it is the same with Atheist.  STOP being so pompus and thinking only belivers are correct.

InoUsuck
InoUsuck

illegible, unintelligible, unscrupulous and cataclysmic if I do say so myself my good man..... Tally Ho!

ChristianaG
ChristianaG

@confettithat @cassalexandria @fearnothing His/Her comment is illegible yet you sure were quick to respond to it and understood it well enough to respond with your ridiculous, sarcastic comment. Anyhow, all first 5 comments on here are confusing and/or weird. Threw me for a loop!

kjinsd
kjinsd

@confettithat  "Illegible"??? Ummm...you mean " unintelligible"? "illegible" has to do with penmanship.


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