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Ayvani Perez Update: Abducted, rescued Ga. girl was found at her aunt's house, arrest warrant says

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(CBS) - Ayvani Perez, a 14-year-old Georgia girl who was abducted from her home early Tuesday, was ultimately found safe Wednesday at her aunt's home, an arrest warrant for Wildrego Jackson, a suspect arrested in her kidnapping, says.

Ayvani was abducted from her Ellenwood home early Tuesday and following her abduction, her family "received a series of phone calls from an unknown male caller using a blocked number," the warrant says.

The document was obtained by CBS Atlanta.

The caller told the family that Ayvani was unharmed and demanded money and drugs in exchange for her safe return, the warrant says.

On Wednesday, the day after the abduction, Ayvani's family members received another call from the kidnappers indicating that they were going to drop Ayvani off at a Lowe's store, according to the warrant.

It claims that in a later call, the kidnappers said Ayvani had been dropped off at the home of a relative in Conyers instead.

The warrant says Ayvani was subsequently safely recovered from her aunt's home, and that she told law enforcement officials "that she believed there were three or four males involved in her initial abduction."

The warrant also says Ayvani stated that "the kidnappers shielded their faces from her and told her not to look at their faces."

According to the warrant, the FBI was able to establish through phone records that Jackson was involved in the kidnapping. He was arrested Wednesday at Fulton Superior Court where he was scheduled to appear for an unrelated case. 

Jackson appeared in court Thursday to face charges in the kidnapping case. CBS Atlanta reports he faces a federal charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping for ransom and another charge of felon in possession of a firearm. He is scheduled to reappear before a judge Tuesday for a preliminary hearing where it will be discussed whether he will receive bond.

The FBI confirmed Wednesday during a press conference that Ayvani had been found safe "at a location in Conyers, Georgia" and that two suspects were in custody. The suspects were identified by the FBI as Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, described as a 40-year-old Mexican national, and Wildrego Jackson, 29, of Atlanta.

Rodriguez was being held on immigration-related charges and Jackson was being held on conspiracy to kidnap, according to the FBI. Authorities did say they are looking at several other suspects in the kidnapping.

Later Wednesday, CBS News' Crimesider reported the mother of Ayvani was arrested in February 2012 on drug charges with Contreras-Rodriguez, one of the men suspected in the abduction. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to Crimesider that Maria Magdalena Corral was arrested with Juan Alberto Contreras-Ramirez, who also goes by the last name Rodriguez, following a drug raid in Stockbridge, Ga. Both were charged with trafficking marijuana, but those charges were later dropped.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Corral was never indicted in the drug-trafficking case and Contreras-Ramirez had the charges against him dropped after a judge ruled the search of the home was unconstitutional because the agents lacked a warrant.

Authorities have said they have not determined the relationship between Ayvani's family and the suspects, nor a motive in the case.

Complete coverage of the Ayvani Perez case on Crimesider

  • Stephanie Slifer

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