Photo: Kidnapping Ayvani Perez
New information is emerging on the kidnapping case of 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez that indicates the girl’s mother knew one of the kidnapping suspects. Suspect Juan Alberto Contreras-Ramirez was arrested along with Maria Corral in 2012 on drug trafficking charges in a case where 500 pounds of pot was seized. Charges against both of them were dropped after a court found the search of the home, where the pot stash was, illegal.
Contreras-Rodriguez, 40, is suspected of being in the country illegally and has a lengthy arrest record that includes a prison stint for cocaine possession. He has also been arrested for child cruelty according to the Atlantic-Journal.
Perez was found safe after a nearly 36-hour kidnapping ordeal that started as a home invasion at 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning in Ellenwood, Georgia. Two men entered the home demanding money and jewelry from the girl’s mother, who was home with her two teen-age children. When she told the men she had no money they shot the family dog and took the girl.
Authorities have not disclosed what lead them to the two suspects in custody, Contreras-Rodriguez and Wildrego Jackson, 29. The men shown in police sketches are not Contreras-Rodriguez and Jackson; FBI has indicated those two suspects remain at large.
Perez was reunited with her family after being found at a residence 25-mile away from her home.