A 14 year-old girl abducted from her Clayton County home Tuesday is alive and back with her family. Ayvani Hope Perez was found in Conyers before noon Wednesday.
Two men are behind bars and will be charged in her kidnapping during a home invasion. However, FBI Special Agent Rick Maxwell said those two suspects were not the two men identified in police sketches. Authorities are still looking for tips about the men identified in the sketches. Clayton County police Sgt. Kevin Hughes says there may be further arrests in the case. “Right now we’re still conducting further investigation to see if there were others involved in this ordeal. But we do believe that they did not act alone.”
Hughes says they are still trying to determine a motive.
40 year old Juan Alberto Contreras- Rodriguez, a Mexican national, is being held on federal immigration charges. 29 year old Wildrego Jackson of Atlanta is being held on a federal charge of conspiracy to kidnapping. Henry County sheriff's records indicate that Contreras-Rodriguez was arrested on drug trafficking charges in December of 2012, but the charges were later dropped.
When asked at a news conference whether the suspects in custody knew Ayvani and her family, FBI Special Agent Maxwell said only that "we have not determined the relationship between those people." The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted Clayton County police in the search.
Perez was taken from her home near Ellenwood early Tuesday morning after authorities said robbers broke in. They allegedly demanded money and jewelry and were told there was none. They shot the family dog and then abducted Ayvani. Authorities have said the robbery and abduction appears to be random.
Clayton County’s police chief says the 14 year old is in good health and is home with her family after being evaluated by medical personnel.
Contributors: Associated Press