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UDPATE: More details released in Perez case

UPDATE (Sept. 19, 11:36 p.m.): More details emerged in the abduction of Ayvani Perez, the 14-year-old who was kidnapped from her Clayton County home after an armed burglary, and her release at her aunt's house in Conyers. 

According to an affidavit filed in court for the charges against Wildrego Jackson, one of the two suspects arrested in connection to the case, two unidentified men entered the Ellenwood home around 2 a.m. Tuesday. 

Perez, her sibling, and their mother Maria Magdalena Corral and their family dog hid in a closet but were discovered by the men. 

The burglars kicked in the door and demanded money and jewelry.

The family dog jumped out of Perez's arms and was shot and killed when it began barking at the men.

Corral refused to comply with the deamnds for jewelry and money. The men took Perez at gunpoint down the stairs, over the fence and fled on foot.

Corral ran outside the house screaming her daughter's name. She reportedly saw the men running with her daughter behind houses until they were out of the sight line.

Neighbors reported seeing and hearing a gray Dodge Challenger speed away around that time.

Hours later, Perez's family began recieving calls from an unidentified male using a blocked number who told them Perez was unharmed and demanded money and drugs in exchange for their daughter.

Federal agents tracked the number and its connections to a number used by Wildrego Jackson. Jackson's girlfriend had also reportedly rented a gray Dodge Challenger several days before the kidnapping.

Jackson had a court appearance for an unrelated case on Sept. 18 in Fulton County. At that time, he was taken into custody.

Jackson was charged with conspiring to kidnap and for the use of a cell phone in the commission of the crime.

Perez was initially going to be dropped off at a Lowe's but was instead dropped off at her aunt's house in Conyers. 



(Sept. 18, 7:33 p.m.) Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson told the Conyers City Council Wednesday night that it was his understanding, based on second or third hand knowlege, that Ayvani Perez had been taken to Rockdale to be released, just south of the Conyers city limits. He pointed out that none of the kidnapping events took place in Rockdale or seemed otherwise related to Rockdale County or the city of Conyers.

Wilson said, based on his past experience, a random kidnapping like this was unusual and he thought there would be reasons and connections uncovered as to why the suspects did what they did. "When you look at the background of everybody involved, I think sooner or later there'll be a connection about why that resident was chosen and why the young lady was taken," he said.

Local law enforcement agencies in Rockdale were reportedly not notified about the actions of Clayton Police and federal and state agencies in Rockdale to recover Perez.


The mother of Ayvani Perez, the 14-year-old girl abducted in an armed home invasion robbery in  Clayton County, reportedly knew one of the suspects being investigated.

Perez's mother, Maria Magdalena Corral, 39, was arrested along with Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, 40, back in February 2012 during a police raid on a McCullough Road home in Stockbridge in Henry County, according to Channel 11.

The raid reportedly uncovered a forklift and 150-200 pounds of marijuana along with Corral and four other men. The charges against Corral and the other suspects were reportedly dismissed after the search was ruled unconstitutional due to the lack of a search warrant.



(Sept. 18, 1:46 p.m.) The 14-year-old girl abducted at gunpoint in a home invasion robbery in Clayton County was reportedly found alive in Conyers Wednesday

Ayvani Perez was taken from her home early Tuesday after police said robbers broke in, demanded money and jewelry and were told there was none.

In a press conference, Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter said the girl was found in Conyers and has been reunited with her family.

Clayton County Police Department Lt. Marc Richards said to The News, "She was recovered by law enforcement approximately at noon today. She appeared to be in good condition, considering the traumatic experience she just endured. She is with her family. She is presently receiving medical attention to ensure that she is okay.

"She was recovered at a location in Conyers. It was in a residential area." The recovery went "without incident." He declined to give the address. "The investigation is still active."

Agencies involved in Perez's recovery included federal authorities, ICE teams, US Marshals, Atlanta Police Department, the US Attorney's Office and the Clayton County District Attorney's Office.

"It was a collaborative effort within the law enforcement community with state local and federal authorities," said Richards. "Everybody is breathing a sigh of relief that she's been returned and seemingly in fair condition."

Richards said there were two suspects in custody being held on federal charges of conspiracy to kidnap and immigration related charges.

Wildrego Jackson, 29, of Atlanta, and Carlos Alberto Juan Rodriguez, 40, a Mexican national, are in custody but are not charged directly in the kidnapping, Porter said. No details were released in their connection to the crime.

Porter said the two men in the sketches circulated were not the ones arrested, and the two men are still on the loose.

FBI Special Agent Rick Maxwell said the investigation is still active, and there are still potential suspects involved.

Anyone with information on the incidents or the suspects in the sketches is asked to call the Tip Line at 770-477-3513.

The two men on the loose, described as wearing black clothing and armed with handguns, pried open a back door of the home in the Ellenwood area around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, demanding the items, authorities said.

The family had moved in about a month ago and apparently didn't know the suspects, authorities said.

Ayvani's mother had her daughter and her 15-year-old son hiding inside the home, but the intruders were able to find them, police said in a statement. The men abducted Ayvani with no explanation, police said, and shot and killed the family's dog.

A ransom demand for $10,000 later came from Ayvani's kidnappers.

The crime happened on a cul-de-sac in Ellenwood, a small community about 10 miles southeast of Atlanta, police said. The subdivision of two-story homes is on the northern edge of Clayton County, just south of the DeKalb County line.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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