Clayton County police Chief Greg Porter announces an Ellenwood teenager kidnapped Tuesday morning was recovered unharmed at a Conyers residence. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)
JONESBORO —An Ellenwood teenager kidnapped from her home early Tuesday morning was found unharmed about noon Wednesday, said Clayton County police.
Two men are in custody facing federal charges but other suspects are being sought, said police during a press conference. Federal agents are investigating a possible connection between the girl’s mother and the suspects.
Ayvani Hope Perez, 14, was medically evaluated, said Clayton County police Chief Greg Porter but she appeared to be in good health. She was reunited with her family, he said.
“This is a good day,” said Porter. “She is safe. She is safe. She is being unified with her family.”
Porter said she was found inside a residence in Conyers about 12 p.m. Wednesday but would not elaborate. He also would not discuss some media reports of a ransom demand made of the family.
“The important thing is that she’s safe,” he said.
The case was worked jointly with the FBI and GBI. FBI Special Agent Rick Maxwell identified the two suspects as Wildrego Jackson, 29, of Atlanta and Juan Alberto Contrares Rodriguez, 40, a Mexican national.
Jackson is a convicted felon who served a sentence in Georgia state prison for a drug conviction in Fulton County, according to Department of Corrections records. He was released in 2007.
Maxwell said Jackson is charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Rodriguez faces immigration charges.
Police said neither suspect matches the sketches made of the two men who burst into the Perez home at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Clayton County police Lt. Marc Richards said not all information is available for release.
“This investigation is still active,” he said. “There are potential suspects still at large and releasing some information could potentially jeopardize the investigation. There are an undetermined number of suspects out there. The suspects in the sketches are still at large.”
Police said Perez was taken after two armed men dressed in black burst into her family’s Ellenwood home on Brookgate Drive about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Police responded to the home after getting a call about a prowler, said Officer Phong Nguyen. The caller told police that the men pried open the back door and confronted the woman who lives there with her daughter and son, 15.
She was able to hide her children within the home during the break-in, said police.
Once inside, the intruders demanded money and jewelry from the mother, who told them she had none. One of the men shot the family’s barking dog, said Nguyen.
The suspects found the children and took Perez without explanation and fled the scene, said Nguyen.